The Food for Peace Modernization Act: Legislation to make the world a better place | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
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Earlier this month, the chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, introduced identical versions of the Food for Peace Modernization Act in the Senate and the House, along with co-sponsors Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Washington.

The proposed legislation directly or indirectly addresses three longstanding concerns about the largest of the three U.S. international food aid programs: the mandates to source almost all food aid from the United States, to ship at least 50 percent all such aid on U.S.-flagged ships under cargo preference law, and to sell at least 15 percent of food shipped under the main food aid program in markets in recipient countries to generate cash, a practice known as monetization.