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H.Con.Res. 130 (ih) Expressing congratulations and thanks to United States and NATO troops for successfully bringing peace to Kosovo and halting the brutal ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians. [Introduced in House] ...
107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. CON. RES. 12 Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the power of agricultural humanitarian assistance, in the form of a millenium good will food aid initiative, to help guide developing countries down the path to self sufficiency. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 6, 2001 Ms. Kaptur submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the power of agricultural humanitarian assistance, in the form of a millenium good will food aid initiative, to help guide developing countries down the path to self sufficiency. Whereas abundant agricultural production in the United States has resulted in historically low commodity prices and hardships for farmers whose incomes have fallen drastically; Whereas less developed countries cannot afford to import adequate supplies of food to meet the basic nutritional needs of their people and face an annual 14,000,000 metric ton shortfall in grains; Whereas disasters in developing countries, due to flooding, drought, earthquakes, and civil war have compounded the suffering of the poor and thrust millions of low-income and even middle-income families into poverty; Whereas food aid donations from the United States can fill the food gap in developing countries and regions such as Kosovo, the Middle East, and newly independent states, sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Turkey, and Macedonia, mitigate the effects of disasters, and provide long-term benefits through monetization and targeted economic and social development programs; and Whereas commodities can be purchased under a variety of existing authorities to stabilize the United States farm economy and then donated abroad to provide assistance to people in needs and to build United States markets abroad: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that-- (1) commodities held in the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust should be increased to the 4,000,000 metric ton maximum level allowed by law to help lift surplus off the backs of American farmers and to be prepared for humanitarian assistance efforts in the future when little or no surplus exists; (2) monetization of commodities should be carried out in needy countries as an important developmental tool; (3) use of the Commodity Credit Corporation and all other existing authorities should be maximized to assure surpluses in the United States are procured and targeted to be shipped and delivered overseas to needy people; (4) USAID and USDA should entertain and evaluate PVO proposals for food assistance in a timely fashion without obstacle; (5) USAID should increase humanitarian non-emergency food aid to the extent possible and give PVO's flexibility to use monetization to address local development needs; (6) the Treasury Department should look more aggressively at Public Law 480--debt forgiveness for highly indebted poor countries to promote further economic development; (7) sanctions should be removed, consistent with United States foreign policy, to promote United States agriculture exports and humanitarian goals; and (8) the USDA and all other appropriate departments and agencies of the Federal Government should also participate to the maximum extent possible in multilateral food assistance and development programs operated by the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. <all>
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