Washington, D.C. – At a time of deep divisions in Congress over nearly every issue, a flurry of bipartisan steps to boost international development marks one of the great unexpected political victories, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress.
From the end of the Obama administration, and continuing into the Trump administration, international development is one of the few areas where government has been working the way it should, the column says.
A coalition of bipartisan lawmakers has helped pass laws that expand access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa, combat hunger around the globe, and help developing countries meet demanding benchmarks on their commitment to social and economic reform. And thanks to strong group of bipartisan champions on the Hill, Congress rejected President Donald Trump’s efforts to slash funding for foreign assistance programs.
The fact that this coalition of responsible lawmakers has produced such a steady stream of sensible legislation that is helping international aid efforts reach a larger amount of people in more effective ways is a very real accomplishment that will touch millions of lives around the globe, the column says.
Read the column: “Bipartisan Advances in International Development Defy Conventional Wisdom,” by John Norris.
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