By Julian Pecquet - 12/12/12 10:58 PM EST
“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 ConnollyGerry ConnollyFeds scrutinize DC Metro trains for running red lights Dems want answers after Metro transit officer charged with aiding ISIS DC Metro wasn’t adequately inspecting tracks before train derailment MORE (D-Va.), who worked on the last foreign assistance authorization to make it into law as a Senate staffer in the 1980s.