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house Bill H.R. 2901

Should the Government Continue to Support USAID's Water and Development Strategies?

Argument in favor

As the world’s largest economy, the U.S. should continue to improve the ability of developing countries to provide access to clean water for their people.

Argument opposed

USAID should solicit the advice and cooperation of U.S. businesses with an overseas presence that might be able to assist in delivering access to clean water in the developing world.

bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 19th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 15th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed December 8th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedAugust 1st, 2013

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Title

Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014

Official Title

To strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 by improving the capacity of the United States Government to implement, leverage, and monitor and evaluate programs to provide first-time or improved access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene to the world's poorest on an equitable and sustainable basis, and for other purposes.

Summary

Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013 - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the initial U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Water and Development Strategy is a significant accomplishment and improves USAID's capacity to provide sustainable and effective water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance; and (2) the Secretary of State, through the Special Advisor for Water Resources, should develop a Global Water Resources Strategy relating to U.S. foreign policy water objectives. Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to direct: (1) the Administrator to designate a Global Water Coordinator to coordinate and oversee water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance; and (2) the Secretary of State to designate a Special Advisor for Water Resources to coordinate and oversee policy relating to water, hygiene, and sanitation assistance. Sets forth principles to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene projects carried out under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 achieve maximum impact. Amends the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 to direct: (1) the President, through the Secretary, to develop a strategy every five years to further the U.S. foreign policy objective to provide affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries; and (2) the Administrator, through the Global Water Coordinator, to develop a complementary strategy to further the U.S. foreign assistance objective to provide affordable and equitable drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries.

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