House Committee Moves to Prevent Violence
The bipartisan Global Fragility Act (H.R. 2116) just passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Next, the full House and the Senate will take up this critical peacebuilding legislation.
Last month a strong bipartisan coalition introduced the bill in the both chambers of Congress. The version that passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has been strengthened to require that all authorized funding be limited to peaceful economic and development initiatives. By passing the Global Fragility Act out of committee, the House demonstrated that there is strong bipartisan support among legislators for peaceful, preventive solutions to prevent violent conflict and build peace.
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Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) spoke in support of the bill during committee markup.
“I want to express my strong support for H.R.2116, the Global Fragility Act,” Omar said. “Conflict prevention and support for fragile states should be the forefront of our foreign policy.”
Committee passage is just the first step. Now the bill moves to the House floor for a vote, and similar legislation in the Senate introduced by Sens. Chris Coons (DE) and Lindsey Graham (SC) still needs to be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.