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Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act Key Facts

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Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, almost 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Sick children miss 300 million school days a year from waterborne illness. And it kills 5,000 children every day. Our Water for the World Act emphasizes building sustainable expertise in these troubled countries. Their version of the Water for the World bill passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously, and it passed the full Senate unanimously. Our House version has over 80 bipartisan cosponsors. This legislation does not provide new money, but helps us focus existing resources much more effectively to save lives.

I hope that our leadership on both sides of the aisle will schedule and support this important legislation, a symbol that we can work together while we help poor people around the globe.

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