Opposed to Cuts
March 17, 2017
At least 29 U.S. senators, led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, have signed a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, arguing against making any cut in the Food for Peace program. The Food for Peace, or P.L. 480, has been a critical foreign policy tool since its inception over six decades ago. The letter states that Food for Peace emergency programs save tens of millions of lives each year. During an emergency, U.S.-sourced commodities serve as a core component of humanitarian relief, and where appropriate, other forms of flexible food assistance are used as well.