Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Foreign Aid Accountability Act. This bill will amend the rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit the consideration of any bill or joint resolution that appropriates foreign assistance for more than one country. It will change the rules so that members of Congress vote on each country--one at a time.
It is time to re-evaluate foreign aid. The United States sends taxpayer money to 150 of 192 countries in the world. The American people would be shocked to know some of the places where we send their money. Our country simply cannot afford to be shelling out taxpayer money to nations when it is not in the best interest of the United States. We have to take care of America before we send American money all over the world.
In typical Washington fashion, our foreign aid is voted on all at once in one massive blanket bill. We need to bring transparency and accountability to the process of approving foreign aid. This bill is a commitment to the American people that we will spend their money wisely and only assist nations where there is a return on our investment.
Congressman Poe serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. For more information on Congressman Poe, please visit his website: http://poe.house.gov.