Washington, D.C. Update

February 23, 2024

Senators Boozman and Booker Call for Release of Food Aid

On Wednesday, Senators John Boozman (D-AR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USAID Administrator Samantha Power expressing concern over delays in the emergency purchase and shipment of in-kind global food assistance. Last fall, USDA announced it would distribute $1 billion to address global hunger; however, no additional action has been announced since then. In the letter, the Senators noted that there is no shortage of need and called on USDA and USAID to finalize their plans to administer this funding. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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