The Hebrew scripture, as well as the New Testament makes it clear that we are called to care for the poor, the hungry, the oppressed, and to seek peace through social justice. This includes advocating public policy that empowers the poor and promotes needed social change.
In 2000, the United States joined all countries in the world in committing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to improve life for the world's poorest people by 2015. The first goal is to cut in half the number of people living on less than $1 a day by 2015. If signed into law The Global Poverty Act (S 2433) would, for the first time, make it official U.S. policy to achieve this first MDG.
Currently, over 25 government agencies participate in development activities, often at cross purposes. The Global Poverty Act would ensure the maximum benefit to those in greatest need by coordinating the efforts of each agency that administers aid. The legislation would require a regular report to Congress on U.S. progress toward meeting the first MDG. (more…)