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Global Food Security Act of 2016

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Global Food Security Act of 2016

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Global Food Security Act of 2016

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Global Food Security Act of 2016

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Global Food Security Act of 2015

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A bill to authorize a comprehensive strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food and nutrition security, promote inclusive, sustainable, agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (7)

Date Actions Overview
07/20/2016Became Public Law No: 114-195. (TXT | PDF)
07/20/2016Signed by President.
07/08/2016Presented to President.
07/06/2016Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 369 - 53 (Roll no. 354).(text: CR 7/5/2016 H4263-4266)
04/20/2016Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text: CR S2347-2350)
03/15/2016Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Corker with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
05/07/2015Introduced in Senate

All Actions (25)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/20/2016Became Public Law No: 114-195. (TXT | PDF)
07/20/2016Signed by President.
07/08/2016SenatePresented to President.
07/06/2016-4:06pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/06/2016-4:06pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 369 - 53 (Roll no. 354). (text: CR 7/5/2016 H4263-4266)
07/06/2016-3:59pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H4332-4333)
07/05/2016-9:31pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
07/05/2016-9:15pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1252.
07/05/2016-9:15pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4263-4267)
07/05/2016-9:15pmHouseMr. Royce moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
05/18/2016HouseOrdered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
05/18/2016HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Foreign Affairs
05/11/2016HouseReferred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
04/21/2016-12:36pmHouseHeld at the desk.
04/21/2016SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
04/21/2016-10:31amHouseReceived in the House.
04/20/2016SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (text: CR S2347-2350)
04/20/2016SenateThe committee substitute as amended agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
04/20/2016SenateS.Amdt.3837 Amendment SA 3837 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
04/20/2016SenateS.Amdt.3837 Amendment SA 3837 proposed by Senator Fischer for Senator Casey. (consideration: CR S2346-2347; text: CR S2346-2347) To improve the bill.
04/20/2016SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2344-2350; text of measure as reported in House: CR S2344-2346)
03/15/2016SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 393.
03/15/2016SenateCommittee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Corker with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
03/10/2016SenateCommittee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
05/07/2015SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Cosponsors (15)


Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Foreign Relations05/07/2015 Referred to
03/10/2016 Markup by
03/15/2016 Reported by
House Foreign Affairs05/11/2016 Referred to
05/18/2016 Markup by

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Latest Summary (5)

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Public Law No: 114-195 (07/20/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on April 20, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Global Food Security Act of 2016

This bill requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition.

(Sec. 3) This section specifies that it is in the U.S. national interest to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition, consistent with national food security investment plans through programs and activities that:

  • place food insecure countries on a path toward self-sufficiency and economic freedom by coordinating U.S. assistance programs;
  • accelerate inclusive, agricultural-led economic growth that reduces global poverty, hunger, and malnutrition;
  • increase the productivity, incomes, and livelihoods of small-scale producers;
  • build resilience to food shocks among vulnerable populations and households while reducing reliance upon emergency food assistance;
  • create an environment for agricultural growth and investment;
  • improve the nutritional status of women and children;
  • demonstrably meet, align with, and leverage U.S strategies and investments in trade, economic growth, national security, science and technology, agriculture research and extension, maternal and child health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  • strengthen partnerships between U.S. and foreign universities that build agricultural capacity; and
  • ensure the effective use of taxpayer dollars in furthering these objectives.

(Sec. 4) This section sets forth definitions that apply to this bill.

(Sec. 5) The President must coordinate a whole-of-government strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition, consistent with national food security investment plans.

This section specifies required goals and criteria for the strategy. The President must coordinate the efforts of federal departments and agencies to implement the strategy by establishing:

  • monitoring and evaluation systems, coherence, and coordination across federal departments and agencies;
  • linkages with other initiatives and strategies of federal departments and agencies; and
  • platforms for regular consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders and congressional committees.

The President must submit the strategy, including agency-specific plans, to Congress by October 1, 2016.

(Sec. 6) To carry out the strategy, the President may provide assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to prevent or address food shortages.

(Sec. 7) This section states that it is U.S. policy to fully leverage, enhance, and expand the impact and reach of available U.S. humanitarian resources to mitigate the effects of manmade and natural disasters by utilizing innovative new approaches to delivering aid.

This section amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize the President to provide emergency food assistance (including funds, transfers, vouchers, and agricultural commodities) acquired through local or regional procurement to meet emergency food needs arising from manmade and natural disasters.

The President must report annually to Congress on the use of this authority, including the amounts of assistance provided, intended beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluation strategies, anticipated outcomes, and actual outcomes.

(Sec. 8) The President must report to Congress on the implementation of the Global Food Security Strategy for 2017 and 2018.

The Office of Management and Budget must submit to Congress an interagency budget crosscut report including specified details regarding the proposed and actual expenditures of individual agencies for global food security activities.

(Sec. 9) This section specifies that nothing in the Global Food Security Strategy or this bill should be construed to supersede or otherwise affect the authority of federal departments and agencies to carry out specified food and nutrition security or emergency and nonemergency food assistance programs.