WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement following the House passage of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (HR 3766). HR 3766 first passed the House unanimously in December.  Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) sponsored the bill in the Senate. The amended version of the House bill passed the Senate earlier this month and passed the House as amended this evening. It will now head to President Obama’s desk.

The “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act” requires the President to establish guidelines on measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs. Secondly, it would increase aid transparency by codifying what is currently being done through the Foreign Assistance Dashboard and increasing the amount of information required to be posted online, including actual expenditures and evaluations.

Congressman Poe: “It is time to modernize and reform our outdated foreign aid system. For the first time in over 50 years, a bill requiring our foreign aid to be rigorously evaluated is heading to the President’s desk. Under the current system, billions of taxpayer dollars are sent to a majority of the countries in the world, but no one really knows how far those dollars go. Once the President signs this bill into law the American people will finally have the ability to see not only where their money is sent but also how efficient and effective that aid is.”

Congressman Connolly: “Foreign assistance is a critical and necessary tool for protecting and proliferating democratic values. We need to expand, not disinvest, in our global leadership,” said Rep. Connolly. “This bill will bring needed transparency to an often misunderstood part of the federal budget, which will in turn allow us to continue to grow our investment in stability and prosperity abroad.”