Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Consider S. 641 June 19

Washington, D.C. | June 14, 2012

The Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 641) will be on the markup schedule for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when it meets on Tuesday, June 19.

We strongly support this bill. Lead sponsors Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL, and Majority Whip in the Senate), and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) are seeking to make needed changes in the implementation of current law, and to help USAID focus programming in more effective ways.

See the full text of the bill, read a summary, or check on current cosponsors (total of 26 Senators cosponsoring as of June 14) at

This bill has some differences from the previous version of Water for the World (S. 624) that the Senate unanimously approved in December 2010 during the 111th Congress (2009-2010).  One key difference is that the current bill has a much lower projected cost (there is no official CBO “score” on the cost of the bill as yet), and it includes a 25% matching requirement for implementing organizations working under grants from USAID.

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