Members of the Borgen Project were on Capitol Hill this week building support for the Global Poverty Act. The bill passed in the House in September and the Borgen Project is now working to get it through the Senate. Members met with 22 Senate offices in three days on Capitol Hill.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama announced yesterday that he will introduce the Global Poverty Act in the Senate. Obama teamed with Republican Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington. Clint Borgen will be on Capitol Hill January 7th building support for the bill. The Global Poverty Act requires U.S. leadership to “develop and implement a strategy for addressing global poverty.” The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in September.
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Read Obama’s news release about the Global Poverty Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Global Poverty Act. The bill now goes to the Senate. Watch video of Congressman Adam Smith discussing the bill.
The Stop TB Now Act (S. 968) has passed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill will now be voted on by the entire Senate. Among curable diseases, TB is considered the greatest killer and claims 1.6 million lives a year.
By unanimous consent the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Poverty Act. The next stop for the landmark bill is to be voted on by the entire U.S. House of Representatives.
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The Borgen Project is in the process of building a national network of people who call their congressional leaders when key poverty bills enter congress. The website’s new poverty alarm section will list the latest poverty bills and give instructions on how to call.