This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance are doing rigorous and consistent monitoring and evaluation, and are making comprehensive, timely, and comparable aid data publicly available.
See below for a roundup of reactions from the MFAN community to the news of Senate passage.
Senator Richard Lugar (Ret.), President and Chairman of the Board, The Lugar Center: It is with great pleasure I note Senate approval of legislation establishing greater accountability of our nation’s foreign assistance programs through transparency, monitoring and evaluation. As the Senate sponsor of similar legislation in the 112th Congress, I am gratified to see the Senate’s bipartisan commitment to the legislation with its unanimous approval last evening.
Carolyn Miles, MFAN Co-Chair; President and CEO, Save the Children: 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.
George Ingram, MFAN Co-Chair; Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution: 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
Connie Veillette, MFAN Co-Chair; Senior Fellow, The Lugar Center: 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.
Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Over the last decade – thanks to Republicans and Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue – America’s foreign assistance programs have undergone a transformation. This drive towards transparency and accountability continues to be integrated and create impact in our food security, global health, and energy programs. This legislation will ensure even greater results and strengthen America’s global leadership
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World: Making U.S. foreign assistance more transparent and accountable will help ensure that every tax dollar is used effectively. This is especially important now that the global community has embraced new goals to end hunger and poverty by 2030.
David Saldivar, Oxfam America: The Senate unanimously approving this bipartisan legislation is a huge step in ensuring better transparency and accountability in foreign aid. We thank bill sponsors Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) for their continued leadership on ensuring US foreign aid supports local leaders on the front lines of the fight to end poverty.