June 29, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 3766), moving this important legislation closer to becoming law. MFAN commends the bill sponsors, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), for their leadership on aid effectiveness and their continued effort to see this bill signed into law. We also thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for their support of this legislation.
“It is deeply encouraging to see this legislation move once again with broad bipartisan support, as it has in the past two Congresses. We are grateful for the persistent efforts of the bill cosponsors in both the House and Senate,” said Connie Veillette, MFAN Co-Chair and Senior Fellow at The Lugar Center.
“This bill will ensure greater transparency and accountability of our foreign assistance dollars so that the U.S. government can better track, measure, and allocate resources to have the most impact on those in need around the globe,” said George Ingram, MFAN Co-Chair and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
“The U.S. is facing an unprecedented number of humanitarian and development challenges around the world today. Any effort to ensure that our limited foreign assistance is being spent effectively, like the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, must be prioritized,” said Carolyn Miles, MFAN Co-Chair and President and CEO of Save the Children.
MFAN, along with the 45 other organizations that are calling for this legislation, urge the House of Representatives to now swiftly take up and pass the bill, which was passed unanimously in December of 2015, so that it can be sent to the President for his signature.