WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies, today introduced the Securing Allies Food in Emergencies Act (SAFE Act), legislation to respond to the looming global food crisis precipitated by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 by improving the timeliness and expanding the reach of U.S. international food assistance.
“Food security is national security. Russia’s illegal invasion and war in Ukraine threatens to destabilize key partners and allies and push millions of people into hunger and poverty around the world,” said Risch. “The U.S. has provided billions of dollars in assistance to stop the war and address its global humanitarian impact, but we can do more. The SAFE Act allows the United States to better respond to the looming global food crisis by improving the timeliness and expanding the reach of international food assistance. Removing cargo preference requirements on food aid is a critical first step to achieving these ends.”
“The combination of the climate crisis, COVID-19, and Russia’s immoral invasion of Ukraine have dangerously destabilized global food markets,” said Coons. “Passing the SAFE Act will help the United States respond more effectively to the global food crisis, averting the threat of famine and reducing the risk of food riots and instability around the globe. Congress can and should take these urgent steps to expedite and expand our international food assistance program.”
The SAFE Act:
Full text of the SAFE Act can be found here.