Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, introduced bipartisan legislation Oct. 5 to review and improve the accountability and effectiveness of U.S. participation in international organizations.
The Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2017 would establish an interagency task force with peer review to conduct regular evaluations of how well multilateral institutions carry out their missions and how they serve American interests and taxpayers. Cosponsors of the legislation include Sens. Todd Young, R-Indiana; Tim Kaine, D-Virginia; Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Michael Bennet, D-Colorado; Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia; and Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania.
“I'm pleased to introduce this bipartisan bill to strengthen U.S. foreign assistance efforts around the world. It is in our nation’s best interest to provide transparency and to maximize the impact of what we spend overseas,” Coons said. “I’ve seen real humanitarian need first-hand in places like south Sudan and northern Nigeria and the great response from partners like the World Food Programme and the International Committee for the Red Cross. At a time when some question the value of foreign assistance, I am proud to lead this bill which will provide data to analyze the effectiveness of our investments with these agencies and others. I hope to see this bill pass into law, and I’m looking forward to the results of the review.”
The full text of the is available at bit.ly/2fMBbG9, and a one-page summary is available at bit.ly/2z1kEGH.