SENATE DEMOCRATS HOST A ROUNDTABLE ON USAID, DISCUSS GLOBAL HUNGER AND LONG-TERM FOOD SECURITY

USAID: Global Hunger and Long-Term Food Security

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, with Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Democratic Leader, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussing USAID and global hunger.

Washington, D.C. – With President Obama travelling to Kenya and Ethiopia to discuss global poverty and hunger, Senate Democrats hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders in international food security and agricultural development.

The meeting focused on Senator Bob Casey’s legislation, the Global Food Security Act, which would authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) leading food security initiative, Feed the Future.  Senators also discussed the nomination of Gayle Smith to be USAID Administrator.

In November 2015, the Smith nomination was confirmed by the Senate.  In April 2016, the Senate passed the Global Food Security Act, which was signed into law.