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Kaine Applauds Senate Passage of His Bill to Address Global Malnutrition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), applauded unanimous Senate passage of his bipartisan bill to bolster federal efforts and increase coordination to address global malnutrition. The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act will authorize the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to scale up programs and activities to prevent and treat malnutrition globally. After previously passing the House by a strong bipartisan vote, the bill now heads to President Biden for his signature. In addition to Kaine, the legislation was led by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and John Boozman (R-AR). The bill was led in the House of Representatives by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Ranking Member Mike McCaul (R-Texas).

“The pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine have exacerbated global food insecurity, and the United States’ leadership is crucial to the reduction of world hunger,” said Senator Kaine. “The Senate’s unanimous passage of our bipartisan Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act will help keep starvation at bay for children and families in need across the globe. I urge President Biden to sign this bill into law as quickly as possible.”

“The Senate’s passage of the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act demonstrates our bipartisan commitment to address malnutrition that leads to the suffering of millions of children across the globe,” said Senator Coons. “As the world recovers from COVID-19 and deals with escalating military conflicts, this bill will help the U.S. lead by example to improve the health of children, mothers, and families around the world. I am delighted that the Senate passed this bill unanimously and look forward to President Biden swiftly signing this bill into law.” 

“Malnutrition affects millions throughout the world, and it takes a heavy toll on children and expecting mothers,” Senator Wicker said. “The targeted reforms included in the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act will increase our ability to address this growing challenge and save lives.” 

“Passage of this legislation is an important and necessary step to fight global malnutrition and improve coordination with our partners around the world,” Senator Boozman said. “I urge the president to quickly sign this bill into law so we can get help to the children and families who need it most.”

The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act would:

  • Authorizes the USAID administrator to scale up the prevention and treatment of global malnutrition and coordinate with relevant public and private partners on these efforts;
  • Directs the USAID administrator to select priority countries that would receive prioritized nutrition assistance;
  • Establishes the Nutrition Leadership Council to coordinate USAID’s efforts on preventing and treating malnutrition, with representatives from relevant inter- and intra-agency offices;
  • Directs the USAID to develop and submit an implementation plan to prevent and treat global malnutrition; and
  • Requires the USAID to submit an annual report to Congress on the progress made toward preventing and treating global malnutrition.

The bill is endorsed by 1,000 Days, Action Against Hunger, Alliance to End Hunger, Bread for the World, CARE, Farm Journal Foundation, Food for the Hungry, Global Health Council, HarvestPlus, Hellen Keller International, InterAction, ONE Campaign, RESULTS, Save the Children, UNICEF USA, and World Vision US.