Senators want more efficient way to get food aid to Africa

Senators want more efficient way to get food aid to Africa
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Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-Tenn.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Graham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Del.) are pushing for a more efficient way to deliver food aid to Africa in response to the Trump administration’s proposed budget, which would slash foreign aid.

Corker and Coons this weekend visited a refugee camp in Uganda that currently houses 270,000 refugees from South Sudan.

"It's taken in some cases six months for those products to actually get here," Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Associated Press of the food aid from the U.S.


"We have people coming over the border [from South Sudan]. They need food. We can actually buy the food cheaper, use our taxpayer dollars cheaper."

Current regulations require most food aid to be grown in the U.S. and shipped under the nation's flag. But Coons and Corker argued that lifting such restrictions could deliver more aid to refugees, according to the AP.

"Americans have real questions about whether their money is making an impact [abroad]," Coons, who is also on the Foreign Relations Committee, told the news outlet.

The U.S. spent roughly $2.8 billion on foreign food aid last year, and Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern over President Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid.