WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies, yesterday reintroduced the Securing Allies Food in Emergencies Act (SAFE Act), legislation to respond to the ongoing 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 one of the most pressing threats we face around the globe today. Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine is significantly exacerbating an already dire situation by destabilizing the production and shipment of food for our key partners and allies,” said Risch. “As the United States continues to provide humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine, Congress must also help address food insecurity. The SAFE Act will expedite and expand the reach of international food assistance while also eliminating cargo preferences on food aid, helping us stretch our food aid dollars farther and ultimately saving millions of lives.”
“Climate change, public health threats, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have escalated food security concerns already threatening hundreds of millions of people across the world into a full-blown crisis,” said Coons. “As Chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m proud to have helped secure billions for international development agencies like USAID, and I’ll continue to prioritize bipartisan legislation like the SAFE Act to ensure the U.S. is doing its part to address humanitarian crises and food insecurity across the world. I urge Congress to swiftly pass this bill to deploy our tools to effectively address the unprecedented global food crisis and prevent further suffering.”
The SAFE Act:
Full text of the SAFE Act can be found here.