WASHINGTON (November 20, 2014) — World Vision praised Thursday’s passage of the Water for the World Act (H.R. 2901) in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration. World Vision urges both the House and Senate to pass the bill without delay.
“The Water for the World Act is a critical piece of the poverty puzzle, ensuring that the United States stays focused on helping those who don’t have access to clean water and sanitation services,” said World Vision’s Senior Health Policy Advisor Lisa Bos. “Clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene are vital to ensuring that we put an end to preventable diseases like diarrhea, which is the second leading killer of children under 5.”
The Water for the World Act builds upon the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, first passed by Congress in 2005. H.R. 2901 works to ensure that the intent of the original law – to bring water, sanitation and hygiene services to the world’s poorest communities – remains the focus of U.S. government investments. The bill also requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to follow criteria that will maximize impact and effectiveness in reaching the poorest populations; avoid duplicating other water, sanitation, and health efforts; and ensure programs last for the long-term.
“We applaud the House Foreign Affairs Committee for acting in such a bipartisan manner to move the bill forward and ask that the full House and Senate act quickly to get this important bill to the President’s desk,” added Bos.
World Vision is the largest NGO provider of clean water, delivering water to a new person every 30 seconds.
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- The Water for the World Act ensures United States stays focused on providing water in most-needed places.
- The water bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.