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How to use this page: Here, you’ll find our legislative priorities for the 118th Congress (2023-2024). The first link under each issue contains a downloadable document that gives an overview of each bill. The other links will provide additional data, analysis and instructions on how to email Congress. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email [email protected]

Stay tuned for updates as the 118th Congress gets underway.


Top Legislative Priorities

International Affairs Budget

The International Affairs Budget supports critical development and diplomacy programs globally. Programs funded by the International Affairs Budget create U.S. jobs by opening new markets to American businesses and protect national security by preventing conflicts. The International Affairs Budget is an investment that staffs U.S. embassies overseas, fights pandemic disease, provides emergency response after natural disasters, implements agriculture programs to promote stability and prevent hunger, saves millions of lives with HIV/AIDS medications and provides essential good governance assistance to emerging democracies.

The Problem: Fiscal Year 2023 marks another year of Congress’s support for America’s development and diplomacy programs. However, work remains to address gaps in global funding, especially as the world has changed drastically due to the negative consequences of COVID-19.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the International Affairs Budget.”

READ Act Reauthorization

The Problem: Currently, 58 million primary school-aged children globally do not attend school and 260 million do not have access to quality education. Gender discrimination in school contributes to the illiteracy of over 500 million women in adulthood as well. These issues, along with frequent global conflicts, undermine the benefits of education. More specifically, the negative secondary consequences of COVID-19 have exacerbated these barriers over the last three years.

The Solution: On Sep. 8, 2017, the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act was signed into law. The bill emphasizes the value of education for economic growth and social mobility as it promotes educational programs around the world. Through the READ Act, partnerships for educational development will have greater oversight, coordination and a renewed focus on retention. S.41 reauthorizes the READ Act for an additional five years.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the reauthorization of the READ Act.”


Passed Legislation in the 117th Congress (2021-2022)

Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act

Passed! Great work!

The Issue: Globally, 690 million people are undernourished including women and children. More specifically, women and expectant mothers’ nutrition is unacceptably low in the most vulnerable countries due to various factors, such as limitations to food access and gender inequality. All the while, 1 in 5 children suffers from malnutrition.

The Solution: In order to create lasting global change, it is essential to invest not only in education, health and economic empowerment, but to curb world hunger and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Improving women’s nutrition is imperative to ending malnutrition in all its forms. Providing these services and programs allows children the opportunity to contribute to their communities and become productive members of society in the future. Furthermore, for every $1 invested in global nutrition, there is an estimated $35 in economic return.

Global Food Security Reauthorization Act

Passed! Great work!

The Issue: In 2018, more than 795 million people globally suffered from chronic hunger. Unfortunately, the economic impact of COVID-19, conflict and extreme weather events are driving even greater hunger in 2022. Today, 828 million people are going to bed hungry and over 34 million people in 14 countries are facing emergency or catastrophic levels of hunger.

The Solution: The Global Food Security Reauthorization Act reauthorizes the Global Food Security Act and Feed the Future Initiative through Fiscal Year 2028. By sharing U.S. expertise in agriculture development and supporting programs that work in partnership with small farmers, progress continues in tackling hunger and malnutrition under the Feed the Future Initiative. This program helps families lift themselves out of poverty in order to access more nutritious food, education and proper healthcare.

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