Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015by Representative David N. Cicilline
Posted on 2015-12-08
CICILLINE. I thank the distinguished gentleman from New York for
Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act.
I want to begin by recognizing my colleagues, the distinguished gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Connolly) and the distinguished gentleman from Texas (Mr. Poe), for all of the work that they have done to get this important bill to the floor and to thank them for working, as they always do, in a bipartisan way on behalf of the members of our committee.
I also thank Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel for their leadership on this bill and for their creating an environment on the Foreign Affairs Committee, where we work together in a bipartisan way, and this legislation is a product of that work.
Madam Speaker, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act will enhance the transparency and effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance by requiring a framework for monitoring and evaluating foreign development and economic programs and for publicly disclosing the data and results.
The United States carries out a wide variety of assistance programs overseas, and it is important that there is a clearly articulated strategy and monitoring apparatus for our assistance. It is just as important that the American people have access to the information about what activities their tax dollars are funding. This is critical to sustaining public understanding and support for our diplomatic work and our foreign assistance.
I also want to take a moment to commend the Obama administration for making much of this information publicly available online on their Foreign Assistance Dashboard.
I hope that my colleagues support this legislation so that we can continue to increase efficiency and accountability in our foreign assistance programs. The American people deserve this, and it will make our foreign assistance better understood and more impactful. I urge my colleagues to support this excellent legislation.