Foreign Aid Reform

H.R. 490 — Quadrennial Foreign Affairs Review Act

Introduced January 13, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Related: Roll Call article on this bill, Rep. Thornberry’s press release

S. 355 Increasing America’s Global Development Capacity Act of 2009

Introduced January 29, 2009 and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

WA Co-sponsors: Sen. Patty Murray (WA)

Related: Senator Cardin’s press release, Senator Dodd’s press release

H.R. 1062 — United States Foreign Assistance Partner Vetting System Act of 2009

To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide for the establishment and implementation of a system to verify that persons who receive United States foreign assistance funds are not affiliated with or do not support foreign terrorist organizations or do not otherwise commit or support acts of international terrorism.

Introduced February 13, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

H. Con. Res. 63 — Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1 percent of United States GDP for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs.

Introduced February 25, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

WA Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7)

H.R. 2139 Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009

To direct the President to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting global development.

Introduced April 28, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

WA Co-sponsors: Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-1)

Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7)

Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8)

Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9)

Related: Foreign Affairs Committee press release, Bread for the World article, Women Thrive World Wide article

H.R. 2387 Strategy and Effectiveness of Foreign Policy and Assistance Act of 2009

A bill to require the use of long-term strategies for United States national security, diplomacy and foreign assistance and the full use of performance-based budgeting for foreign assistance programs, projects and activities.

Introduced May 13, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

H.R. 2475 — Foreign Relations Authorization and Reform Act

Introduced May 19, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


H.R. 2639 — Global Poverty Act of 2009.

To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

Introduced May 21, 2009 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Introduced by Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9)

WA Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-7)

Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8)

Rep. Norm Dicks (WA-6)

Related: Rep. Adam Smith’s press release

S. 1524 — Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009

A bill to strengthen the capacity, transparency and accountability of United States foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21st century.

Introduced July 28, 2009. Reported out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee February 2, 2010 and placed on the Calendar.

WA Co-Sponsors: Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)

Related: Senator Lugar speech discussing this bill, Senator Kerry press release, Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew’s letter to Senator Kerry, Center for Global Development Blog, OxFam America press release

S. Res. 312 Expressing the sense of the Senate on empowering and strengthening USAID

Introduced October 13, 2009 and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Passed November 9, 2009 by Unanimous Consent.

WA Co-sponsors: Sen. Patty Murray (WA)

Related: Senator Dodd’s press release, Senator Cardin’s press release

H.R. 6054 American Manufacturing Disaster Relief Act of 2010

A bill to prohibit USAID from procuring manufactured articles to provide disaster relief assistance or emergency relief assistance in a foreign country unless the articles are manufactured in such foreign country or in certain circumstances in the United States or third countries.

Introduced July 30, 2010 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

H.Con.Res.318 Supporting the ideals and objectives of the United Nations Millennium Declaration and related Millennium Development Goals and calling on the President to ensure the United States contributes meaningfully to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015

Introduced September 16, 2010 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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