Search Form
First, enter a politician or zip code
Now, choose a category

Public Statements

Letter to President Obama - Cummings, Bipartisan House Members Urge President Obama to Continue Food For Peace Program

April 5, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write today to affirm our strong support for the continuation in its current form of the "Food for Peace" program created by Public Law 480, and we ask that you maintain level funding for this program in the budget request you present to Congress for the Department of Agriculture for fiscal year 2014.

Since 1954, Food for Peace has enabled the United States to play a leading role in responding to international food assistance needs and ensuring global food security. In recent years, Title II of Food for Peace, which is administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development, has become the largest vehicle for U.S. international food aid shipments. Under Title II, U.S. agricultural commodities are shipped to developing countries to provide emergency relief to those facing food shortages and to support broader development objectives. In fiscal year 2011, Food for Peace donated approximately 1.5 million metric tons of U.S.-grown Title II emergency and development food aid to more than 46 million food-insecure people in 48 countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Food for Peace is also critical to supporting employment among U.S. farmers and merchant mariners. The purchase of food from U.S. farmers and its subsequent shipment on U.S.-flagged vessels has helped support U.S. farm production and preserve the U.S. merchant marine. Reductions in funding for this program -- or changes in how it operates -- would significantly reduce the amount of U.S. farm products our nation could provide to those in need around the world. It would also threaten our national security preparedness by reducing the domestic sealift capacity on which our U.S. military depends.

We look forward to working with you to support U.S. farms, U.S. jobs, the U.S.-flagged merchant fleet, and our nation's ability to provide much needed humanitarian and emergency food assistance to the world's least-developed countries by maintaining the Food for Peace Program.

Sincerely,

Elijah E. Cummings

Duncan Hunter

John Garamendi

Nick J. Rahall, II

Corrine Brown

Charles W. Boustany, Jr.

Janice Hahn

Gary G. Miller

Linda T. Sánchez

Michael M. Honda

Frank A. LoBiondo

Renee L. Ellmers

Marcy Kaptur

David P. Joyce

Tom Latham

Alan S. Lowenthal

Gerald E. Connolly

Stephen Lee Fincher

Bob Gibbs

Michael G. Grimm

Marcia L. Fudge

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Don Young

Richard M. Nolan

Cedric L. Richmond

Rick Larsen

Cheri Bustos

Kathy Castor

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Sheila Jackson Lee


Source:
Skip to top
Back to top