September 23, 2010

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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