September 15, 2016

A Surprising Success Story in Congress: American Aid

By Liz Schrayer

This article originally appeared on TIME Ideas.

“Washington is broken, nothing is getting done” is a mantra we hear often these days. Yet there is one issue that has continuously broken through in this Congress with bipartisan support: America’s foreign assistance programs.

Five major pieces of bipartisan legislation on global development have been signed into law in less than two years—on food security, energy, rights for women and girls, water and sanitation, and aid transparency—all in an effort to advance America’s interests in the world.

Without much fanfare, the President signed into law this summer the Global Food Security Act, the largest global development authorization since the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. And to make sure our foreign assistance programs continue to be effective, accountable and results-driven…

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