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senate Bill S. 1252

Does the U.S. Need a Plan to Help Feed the Developing World?

Argument in favor

The U.S. has vast resources at its disposal, and while this isn’t a huge investment, it creates a strategy for bringing food security to the developing world.

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07/07/2016
While it's not the sole responsibility of the United States to feed the world, we can get the ball rolling and get others to contribute.
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Lesia's Opinion
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07/08/2016
Sure. Just as soon as there aren't anymore hungry Americans.
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gailnabity's Opinion
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07/08/2016
We have absolutely no excuse to have people hungry in America!!! We are the wealthiest country in the world. The .01% should be feeding the least of our American brothers and sisters. To those to whom much is given much is expected. And while we're talking about this...they can give jobs to those who are able-bodied but unemployed or under-employed.
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Argument opposed

A strategy is only as good as the resources that support it, and the U.S. needs to be focusing on food insecurity at home before it works on helping developing countries.

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07/07/2016
I personally don't see how we can afford this! I believe in helping others. However, America needs to take care of our own problems FIRST! Obama has burdened us with an unconscionable amount of debt and unfettered immigration, while weakening our military to the point where I fear for my country's SAFETY! On top of that, he has been pushing his UN Agenda 21/30 programs and is trying to force us into a North American Union, and we've all seen the massive problems that have come about as a result of the failed globalist experiment known as the European Union: the nightmare situation caused by its open borders and immigration policies and the shackles of oppressive regulations. America MUST look to our own needs and reverse the damage done to her by the Obama Administration! Then (assuming we can undo the damage) maybe we can once again be a Good Samaritan. Obama can preach against "nativism" and isolationism, but what good will a weakened, impoverished, and demoralized America be to the rest of the world?!
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Wes's Opinion
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07/06/2016
When we have no more unemployed, homeless, and hungry, especially veterans, then we can worry about the rest of the world.
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operaman's Opinion
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07/07/2016
No. Can't feed our 96 million today in this country
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What is Senate Bill S. 1252?

This bill would require the President to create and implement a plan to improve global food security. The plan would include ideas for helping developing countries reduce chronic hunger and poverty, improve nutrition among women and children, and expand agricultural productivity.

While developing and implementing this strategy, the President would be directed to coordinate the efforts of relevant federal agencies including: 

USAID’s Feed the Future Program and the Innovation Labs it operates would be authorized to do the research for initiatives proposed in the president's strategy.

Some of the goals for the global food security plan would include:

  • Accelerating agriculture-led economic growth, 
  • Raising incomes for small-scale producers — particularly women, 
  • Improving the nutrition of women and children across the globe, 
  • Build resilience to food shocks, like famine,
  • Strengthening partnerships between U.S. universities and institutions in developing countries to boost agricultural capacity, 
  • And aligning broader U.S. strategies and investments in trade, economic growth, water, sanitation, and hygiene. 
This bill also clearly states that global food security is in the national security interest of the U.S.

Impact

People facing food insecurity in their communities and in the surrounding agricultural industries; governments in developing countries experiencing food insecurity; relevant federal agencies; U.S. universities and trade industries; and the President.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1252

$905.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $905 million over the 2016-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: The strategy this bill calls for would build on the U.S. government’s 2010 Feed the Future initiative. Since then, it has helped the U.S. provide assistance to nearly seven million farmers to boost their productivity. Roughly 12.5 million children have also received nutritional interventions to combat malnutrition and famine through Feed the Future.

Sponsoring Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced this bill to build on the previous successes of the Feed the Future program in fighting global hunger:
"The need to address global hunger is an urgent foreign policy and national security priority. It is in the United States’ best interest to promote initiatives that work to eliminate the causes of food and nutrition insecurity."


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Benno Hansen)

AKA

Global Food Security Act of 2016

Official Title

A bill to authorize a comprehensive strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food and nutrition security, promote inclusive, sustainable, agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 20th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed July 6th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 369 Yea / 53 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • The senate Passed April 20th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMay 7th, 2015

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    While it's not the sole responsibility of the United States to feed the world, we can get the ball rolling and get others to contribute.
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    I personally don't see how we can afford this! I believe in helping others. However, America needs to take care of our own problems FIRST! Obama has burdened us with an unconscionable amount of debt and unfettered immigration, while weakening our military to the point where I fear for my country's SAFETY! On top of that, he has been pushing his UN Agenda 21/30 programs and is trying to force us into a North American Union, and we've all seen the massive problems that have come about as a result of the failed globalist experiment known as the European Union: the nightmare situation caused by its open borders and immigration policies and the shackles of oppressive regulations. America MUST look to our own needs and reverse the damage done to her by the Obama Administration! Then (assuming we can undo the damage) maybe we can once again be a Good Samaritan. Obama can preach against "nativism" and isolationism, but what good will a weakened, impoverished, and demoralized America be to the rest of the world?!
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    When we have no more unemployed, homeless, and hungry, especially veterans, then we can worry about the rest of the world.
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    Sure. Just as soon as there aren't anymore hungry Americans.
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    It's not our job to feed the world, especially when there is so much poverty within our own borders.
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    No. Can't feed our 96 million today in this country
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    While worthwhile, and something I would support when in surplus, we must prioritize getting our house in order.
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    It is not the governments job to provide food for foreign nations. Considering we are in debt and cannot feed our own people sufficiently this is not an ideal plan for the country at the moment.
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    We have absolutely no excuse to have people hungry in America!!! We are the wealthiest country in the world. The .01% should be feeding the least of our American brothers and sisters. To those to whom much is given much is expected. And while we're talking about this...they can give jobs to those who are able-bodied but unemployed or under-employed.
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    The developing world will never develop if we keep constantly giving them stuff for free.
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    We should put that money to use at home, preferably through research and the implementation of the technologies that result. This would not only help alleviate food insecurity in the homeland, but the decreased prices that result can allow the technology to spread to other countries and help them as well.
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    If you want to help others, please do so. We need people like that. However, this is one country with its own problems, not the government of the world. This is out of the scope of the USA and would be wrong since all funds come from US taxpayers.
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    I appreciate the heart of this, however we have starving people here. Let's get OUR house in order first.
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    The United States is not responsible for solving the world's problems. Let's effectively address our own problems before we look elsewhere. There are many global organizations, like the UN and WHO, that can consider global problems and lobby for solutions or help from members.
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    America needs to feed it's own homeless and take care of America before we think about other future developing competitors.
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    WE need to feed our hungry before we feed the illegal,l undocumented and the Syrians that we have to find a place for. I am not racist, but, we need to take care of the ones that are already here and hungry. Our food banks are depleted. Some citizens are like my husband and I trying to take and feed 13
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    Our own working poor are starving here. We need to correct our issues before we jump into helping others. We are quick to iAd other nations and yet we are falling apart within. From low wages for working poor to seniors without enough to make it payday to payday.
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    The US should encourage the United Nations (I.e. UNICEF) et al) and its existing agencies to plan, organize, control, and direct ( by execution) a multifaceted, multinational funding and commitment with actionable dates and actions. Hunger is a global issue...requiring global solutions. Not the US; singular.
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    We have homeless and hungry in this country they should get our attention first. Fix our problems here before we worry about other nations problems.
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    No! Take care of our citizens first. Use the money spent on free Obamaphones too!
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