CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5656, the Global Food Security Act of 2014, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5656 was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on September 18, 2014 and was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill was marked up on November 20, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.
H.R. 5656 provides policy guidance and enhances transparency for U.S. international food security and agricultural development programs, which are currently being implemented under the “Feed the Future” initiative. H.R. 5656 provides that it is in the national security interest of the U.S. to promote global food security and nutrition through programs, activities, and initiatives that accelerate economic growth; increase productivity, incomes, and livelihoods; build resilience to food shocks among vulnerable populations while reducing reliance upon emergency food assistance; promote secure and transparent property rights; improve the nutritional status of women and children; align with and leverage broader U.S. investments; and ensure the effective use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to further these objectives.
H.R. 5656 requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive Global Food Security strategy. In implementing the strategy, the President must coordinate—through a “whole-of-government approach”—the efforts of relevant federal departments and agencies by establishing monitoring and evaluation systems, coherence, and coordination; and establishing platforms for regular consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders.
H.R. 5656 authorizes $1,000,600,000 in appropriations for FY2015 to implement the programs under the Global Food Security Strategy, which is $99.4 million below the FY2014 enacted level.
H.R. 5656 requires that the President, within a year of the bill’s enactment, provide a status report to Congress on implementation of Global Food Security Strategy.
According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5656, as reported, would increase outlays $905 million from 2015-2019. The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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