Monday, November 17, 2014

Water for the World Act to be marked up this World Toilet Day / Rally at noon

 Look forward to seeing you all Wednesday: 

United States House of Representatives
For Planning Purposes only

Blumenauer, Leading NGOs Call for Swift Passage of Water for the World, Push for International Sanitation Improvement
WHAT:    On Wednesday morning, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will conduct its markup of H.R. 2901, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act authored by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX). This is one of the final steps in a long journey towards passage for this incredibly important, bipartisan bill. At noon, following the markup, there will be a rally/press conference at the House Triangle.

The purpose of this Act is to strengthen and refine the implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act to ensure that WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programming is not only elevated in a way that helps leverage the impact of other development assistance, but to ensure that our WASH programming is targeted to help the world’s poorest, is more effective, with long-term, sustainable impacts; and, to codify, with strengthening revisions, the good work currently being done by USAID and State on WASH.    

And the legislation could not be more timely.  There are over 260 river basins that cross at least one international border, making the management of this finite resource – without conflict – one of our greatest national security challenges.  Without greater leadership from the U.S., these challenges will only grow more acute.  We need only look at the very recent history in Syria for proof, where severe droughts played a key role in the initial uprisings.   

Dirty water directly affects every area of development, which is why water and sanitation are the best investments our country can make.  This legislation will positively affect the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people, disproportionately women and children, and represents a successful bipartisan effort from conception until now.  Nearly 800 million people lack access to clean water.  Every day, women and girls spend a combined 200 million hours collecting water, keeping them from school.
In a stroke of luck, Wednesday is also World Toilet Day, and we will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the NGO world about how the US can better help the 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to proper sanitation.

WHO:    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
WHERE: House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, southeast side 

WHEN12:00 pm, Wednesday, November 19, 2014  

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