“I think they see the value of taking this on,” he said of the House panel's incoming chairman and ranking members, Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
The bill doesn't spell out specific amounts or regional programs, but rather creates new requirements and priorities for the disbursement of foreign aid. These include a section on “Sustaining the Global Environment,” which permits activities aimed at addressing climate change, and another on “Advancing Peace” that calls for the creation of a Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
“As a general principle we want to get away from earmarking,” Berman said.
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who worked on the last foreign assistance authorization to make it into law as a Senate staffer in the 1980s.