WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's passage of the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013:

“When we are thirsty, we walk three feet to the nearest faucet or grab a bottle of water out of the fridge. Sadly, in the year 2014, there are over 750 million people without access to clean water.  This bill uses taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively and makes water the priority it should be in any development discussion.  Everyone should have access to clean water, and no one on Earth should be assaulted trying to obtain it. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for recognizing the importance of this issue and remain hopeful that the bill will pass both chambers before the end of the 113th Congress.”