Freedom House Welcomes Introduction of the Global Partnerships Act
December 12, 2012
Freedom House congratulates Congressman Howard Berman on the introduction of the Global Partnerships Act of 2012, which would reform and streamline the way the U.S. gives foreign assistance. There has not been an overhaul of U.S. foreign assistance in 50 years, which has resulted in a complicated and often unwieldy set of processes and policies for delivering U.S. aid overseas. Democrats and Republicans in the House should work together in the new congress to pass comprehensive reform based on the bill introduced today by Congressman Berman, who is departing Congress after serving for 30 years.
“Congressman Berman and his staff have consulted extensively for many years with the development community to write a bill that is comprehensive in order to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective across the globe,” said Sarah Trister, manager for congressional affairs at Freedom House. “We thank him for his efforts and we look forward to continuing this conversation in the 113th congress and working with the House Foreign Affairs Committee to pass a bill that codifies the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy as vital components of American foreign assistance policy."