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SFRC Chairman Kerry Ready to Enact Reforms in New Development Policy

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Kerry also highlighted the policy’s inclusion of several principles laid out in the Kerry-Lugar aid reform bill from this Congress, S.1524, which passed out of Committee last fall.

“I look forward to working with the Administration, as well as my colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate, to enact these new reforms into law,” he stated.

Read the entire press release below.

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2010

CONTACT: SFRC Press Office, 202-224-3468

Chairman Kerry Congratulates The President On Elevating Global Development And Foreign Aid Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement endorsing the goals for global development and foreign aid reform described in President Obama’s speeches yesterday and today at the United Nations:

“I am pleased to join with the President in support of a new development vision to address the leading moral, strategic and economic challenges of the 21st century.  The President has outlined a comprehensive development policy based on measurable outcomes, country ownership, sustainable economic growth and multilateralism – a policy that will build capacity in the developing world, not dependence.

”I am heartened that the President’s call for a bold and transformational development policy includes many of the main principles of the Kerry-Lugar Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act, which strengthens the capacity, accountability and effectiveness of our foreign aid programs.  I look forward to working with the Administration, as well as my colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate, to enact these new reforms into law.”

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