S.2433 - Global Poverty Act of 2007

A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Global Poverty Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Short: Global Poverty Act of 2007 as reported to senate.
  • Official: A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day. as introduced.

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  • pgboyajian 05/04/2008 12:04pm

    America is the richest country in the world. We can promote peace by helping poor and very poor people in the world. We could pay for it easily if we stop the war in Iraq and use some of those funds to reduce poverty.

  • Anonymous 05/05/2008 5:19am

    The poverty levels in the countries of the world seem never to affect the leaders of those countries. Saddam Hussein didn’t seem to feel the pinch with all his palaces, Mexican politico’s don’t seem to be destitute nor do any other leaders who have populace’s suffering tremendous poverty. Why don’t these people be held accountable and perhaps replaced with leadership who will lead their people to self-sufficiency and out of the grips of poverty? It’s obvious the U. N. is either clueless or rueful of fulfilling this premise so maybe a new world agency needs to be developed that will address the real causes of world poverty.

  • Anonymous 05/06/2008 7:26am
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    GO AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!! ELECT HIM FOR PRESIDENT AND SEE WHAT ELSE HAPPENS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 05/06/2008 5:09pm

    There are plenty of poor people here. We should take care of them first. We need this strategy for Americans.

  • Why 05/08/2008 4:37am
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    Why do politicians insist on using tax payer money on projects that do not help americans.
    Apparently we pay too much tax, since we can give it away to other countries and organizations. Maybe they should lower our taxes and let us keep some our own money if they can’t find something better to do with it.

  • CompletelyApartisan 05/09/2008 10:25am

    We don’t need this bill to “send money to impoverished nations”….the impoverished are flooding across our borders, especially our southern border, by the millions to come and get the money and save us the trouble of sending it! And the ultra liberal weenies want us disarmed and just allow million upon million of illegal aliens come here and take just about everything we own and not even have a gun to defend our homes while they do it!

    We here in Texas don’t have to drive or fly on vacation to Mexico because half of Mexico that we give on average of $93,000,000.00 in foreign aid to EVERY YEAR has moved their flotsam and jetsam here and saved us from going to that trouble too! For the illegal Mexican aliens here for the give the U S A away door prize its VIVA MEXICO AND CINCO DE MAYO…..EVERY DAMNED DAY! So MERRY YACHEE you liberal weenies. You support the world out of YOUR pocket NOT MINE!

  • Anonymous 05/12/2008 5:28am

    Looks like bill this is following the UN lead; as usual to nowhere. When there are governments that prevent economic progress in their country, why should we help that government stay in power? Picture Zimbabwe, the former breadbasket of Africa, where the people are starving under a tyrant’s misrule. Better that we send the people weapons and food if we really believe in helping humanity in such countries lift themselves up from poverty, establish representative government and the rule of law.

    That sounds cruel, but since oppressive governments are don’t seem to fall easily without outside force being applied and when they are in effect propped up by international aid, why help them remain in power. Is that being a humanitarian? When we do intervene over human rights, as in Somalia, those very people who cry for helping the people abandon our efforts when Americans are placed in danger and killed. Are humanitarians risk aversive when help can be given to make permanent changes in a country or do the NGOs want “job” security?

    I also laugh at this attempt by Senator Obama since he apparently will not help his grandmother in Kenya; she lives without running water nor electricity and is a women he honors as he said in his March 8, 2008 International Women’s Day message. No personal responsibility here. So instead he initiates a bill that will send my money via taxes instead of his money when he and his wife had a $4.24 million gross income in 2007; but he has no problem with supporting his vile, anti-American minister to the tune of $26,000.

    Senator Obama seems a bit to hypocritical to me and also to darn free with American’s tax money.

  • Anonymous 05/13/2008 5:39am

    The only solution is booting the UN out of the US and out of NY. Stop ALL ALL FUNDING OF THE UN! This guy does not deserve to be President of GM let alone the USA. He is a extreme-liberal that will take the USA down.

    Extremely hypocritical I would say.

  • Anonymous 05/14/2008 5:54am

    Another thing or two about Obama and his…ahem…“first time I’ve ever been proud to be an American” wife.

    With “her” attitude I wouldn’t let her sweep and mop the Lincoln bedroom in the White House, much less accept her as the wife of a seated president unless she got down on her knees on world wide T V and apologized to the citizens of this nation.

    Second, with “her” demonstrated attitude, rest assured that if Obama IS elected that every black extremist in this nation is going to line up at the White House and put pressure on Obama to make “the we want something for nothing caws our ansesta’s wuz slaves” reparations.

    What blacks in this nation ought to consider where they would be today, if they were lucky enough to be born and live, if there had been an America that never had slavery
    on this continent.

  • Anonymous 05/14/2008 6:05am

    I agree with everything said in the reply above.

    And for the first time in almost fifty years I will not cast a vote for president this coming November…not one of the three still in the hunt are worth voting for.

  • Anonymous 05/16/2008 6:33am

    There is definitely plenty of debt and poverty in the world. But, we should first consider our own problems here in the US before making any more commitments outside the country than we already have. We need to be focused on stabilizing Social Security and Medicare, strengthening controls on our welfare sytems and other social services, reducing medical costs, and reducing poverty at home before we look any further. Once we get a better handle on our own domestic issues we will be better prepared to assist elsewhere. We are already the world leader in foreign aid and have been for decades. This would only committ us further.

  • Anonymous 05/16/2008 1:23pm

    What in reality our government is doing in abstensia is sticking their hands in our pockets anytime they wish and take money that doesn’t belong to anyone but ourselves.

    I ask anyone in favor of this proposal what they would do if “I” walked up to them and stuck my hand in their pocket and took their money without asking for permission….It would be the very same thing as what the governement does.

    It’s one thing for our government to be charitable, but when they want hundreds of millions or billions more of our dollars to send overseas, they should request it by putting it up for voter referendum and let voters decide whether they approve of the proposal instead of a “don’t even ask the voters, theft by taxation.”

    If U S taxpayers had no more to worry about than the federal government taxing them such issues as additional monies for foreign aid wouldn’t be that much of a problem. But….

    …the problem is all the other taxes collected from U S Citizens at the state, county, and local levels of government.

    Some of the more populous states like New York, Texas and California have as many as 54 separate OVERT taxing agencies, not to mention all the hidden taxes collected through utility companies, the telephone/cable/satellite organizations.

    Are we men and women and put an end to legalized theft by government or are we squeaky teeny mice that are going to continue to run in fear of govenment and hide in our little holes….those my friends and fellow citizens are the questions.

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    Anonymous 05/16/2008 1:37pm

    By the time the federal government withholds, income tax, FICA and Medicare, in addition to all the real estate and personal property taxes, sales taxes, school district tax, college district tax, federal highway tax, state and county road and bridge tax, sales tax, hospital district tax, etc. ad infinitum, our earned income dollars are squeezed to death at around the tune of $00.48 cents for every #1.00 of gross income we earn…and the so called government leaders have the gall to ask for more to send to foreigners, and subsidize illegal aliens here, and let hundreds of thousands of U S Citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, and in many cases see families break apart and go begging?

    This IS NOT what I spent 39 months fighting war in Southeast Asia for back during the 1960’s.

    So in my opinion it’s time for America first and some good old fashion Jingoism for about ten years at least!

  • PlusSigma 05/22/2008 10:30am

    The U.S. is at a point where its own economy (not to mention security) is hugely and possibly permanently endangered, both because of energy dependence and budget shortfalls. As we cannot afford to be the world’s policeman, we also cannot afford to be the world’s sugar daddy. This is a wrongheaded Bill that should be defeated and deleted.

  • Anonymous 05/24/2008 5:37am

    WHAT IS MEMORIAL DAY?

    My years whirl past me. Swirling. Dry, broken grass hovering in a
    spring breeze. Can I remember my experiences in war? Hardly. Fighting
    for my country, my youth invested, seems such a long time ago, and so
    unimportant. The calendar this year marks Memorial Day on the 30th of
    May,2008. Have I lost something? The traditional Memorial Day, also known
    as Decoration Day, is on the 30th of May. This observed Memorial Day on May
    29th coincidentally allows for a national three day holiday. Such is
    commercialism’s capitalistic American display. But why do I feel so
    stricken, like I have abandoned old friends from long ago? Their ghosts
    consort with my floating years, and their spirits coast around my presence.
    Another three day holiday! Memorial Day! Maybe me and the kids can go
    camping? Or, to the beach? Memorial Day is fun! This is the
    inconsiderate, thoughtless approach to this meaningful, and consecrated
    moment representing one three hundred and sixty-fifth of our year. What is
    the meaning of Memorial Day? Is it merely a three day escape from our
    worldly duties? Or, is it the official beginning of summer? Is selling
    more hot dogs at the ballpark the overriding clarification? Many souls,
    sacrificed in war, in duty to America, are wandering. They drift in a
    heavenly place, minus their future here upon earth. Tomorrows were forfeited.
    Given up so our nation would invigorate free souls, aspire them to
    freedom, and justly allow their lives lived as they prefer. Raising
    offspring above restrictions, as they desire. Those lost lives giving we,
    the living, what we want freely. Those are the souls we respect on Memorial
    Day. This means it is a sacred day. Without retrospect, sacrifice is
    mute. Old Glory does not wave by accident. It flutters in the spring air
    revealing honor. The color red represents the blood bloom from those who
    fell, those who clawed, those who cried in horrible pain. Those who died
    fast. And, those who died ever so slowly. They did their duty. When I see
    Old Glory waving on a sunny, end of May day, the pigment red gushes from
    millions of souls, floating, not with us, anymore. They are amongst our
    heroes, cajoling with angels with their champions, conquerors and
    commanders. Friends and loved ones gather, over the rave, witness to those
    who gave more than anyone should be required to relinquish. They did not
    want to yield. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and when the
    moment harshly struck them their fatal blow, they cried for their mother, or
    their friend. Then there
    were those, many of those, who knew exactly what they were giving. They
    moved forward knowingly. They lost their lives so their mission would be
    accomplished. Fools! Some intellects can say that. One would have to be
    an imbecile to give up life, no matter what the cause. For a flag? Futile!
    For a country! More pointless! For freedom! What freedom is there in
    mortality? Yes, fools they may have been, but their numbers add up in an
    awesome display of American loss! Veterans’ Cemeteries, white badges
    sailing row after row after row upon green grass, almost never ending,
    creeping onto the horizon. Constant reminders of the devastation of our
    human treasure. Mothers’ tears, enough to fill an ocean to overflow.
    Sweethearts, broken hearted, reading telegrams. Sons and daughters, many
    unborn, wakening at birth to a devastated family suffering from a victim of
    war there no more. And what does all this macabre math equal? Memorial Day
    is the correct answer. Few Americans know a person who died in war.
    Their family trees have lost some leaves, falling as they fought in one of
    America’s wars, or discarded in the peacetime military. We are a busy
    people. We have business to capture. Our kids are in school. We have
    chores. Mundane, or surrealistic. We are a spirited society, seeking
    applications to improve ourselves and our communities. We are a helpful
    populace, always there when the going gets tough to help those who have
    suffered the tragedies of nature, whether a hurricane or a famine.
    Americans are always the first on the scene worldwide bearing their gifts of
    human spirit and abundance. This is why it is so puzzling that the meaning
    of Memorial Day seems to lack substance to many of our own people. Even
    with the day itself. Put back to accommodate a holiday schedule fixed by
    some organism no one knows, yet powerful enough to do so, the day itself
    lacks consequence to too many. Many who never knew a person who died in
    service to America are wrought with the invisible pain of not feeling for
    those who do. Americans take things for granted. We have so much. So
    very much. Endless choices. These options are not available worldwide. Our
    shelves are full. Unlike many in other nations of the world. So many are
    empty or offer very limited selections. Those American fighting men and
    women killed in battle whose souls are floating actually made available
    these wondrous choices we have every day of our American lives. Yet, most
    of our youngsters have no idea whatsoever what this means. They don’t learn
    this in school. We must teach them. For without knowledge, they may end up
    thinking, or believing, all these marvelous selections came without
    circumstance. Minus anything. Equaling no meaning.
    Our nation needs to halt and perceive the flags and flowers on our
    Veterans graves on this consecrated holiday. We need to lift a common
    voice of adoration to those floating spirits of our onetime American
    Warriors, and extol them with a salutation. We have not come that far with
    our technological miracles of this millennium to become crass. We still
    need respect. Our backs can not turn from formality. Our eyes can not look
    away from custom. Our voices must not resonate in silence against honor and
    glory. To do so will leave us hollow, only to fill us with that which is
    desolate and lacking potential. This is not the true meaning of Memorial
    Day. The heartfelt significance requires reminding. Story telling. Wisdom
    being passed on from our Veterans to our younger generations. An
    interpretation certified by those who remember the horrors of war. Without
    this core, our society can not remain genuine. It becomes contemptible. It
    rots from within. These floating souls of our lost American Warriors are a
    powerful force, for they live within our hearts. They constantly seek
    justification for their contributions, and they are real within us. Such is
    what our American substance stands for, where character is developed,
    individually is guaranteed, and a community, a nation, survives.
    America enters the 21st Century as the most powerful entity
    humankind has ever experienced. America permeates this next century with
    vast responsibilities. Our children must bear this promise. We can not
    turn our backs on these bygone descendants, nor can we do so upon
    ourselves. Memorial Day offers us the opportunity to express a moment of
    solitude where each of us can personify in our own way what we feel. I
    only speak for my myself, as one who has bared his soul to the dread of
    war. So my father did, and his father’s father before him, and their souls
    float amongst the multitudes. My mother and her mother held their Veterans
    after they returned from war, tears streaming down their cheeks in gratitude
    for their safe return. And there were those in my ancestry who did not
    return from war. And their mothers’ tears soaked the pillows on beds for
    generations to sleep upon. Their souls are the dreams that drift amongst
    the floating, gathering at the end of May in the breeze of summer’s coming,
    in the cool glass of lemonade at the child’s street side stand, in the
    cheers at the ball game from the crowd rooting their team to victory and
    enjoying the best hot dogs in the world. Let us all stop for a moment,
    whether it is on the traditional day, or the observed Memorial Day, or even
    at the end of May, and reach for those floating souls. Let us reveal to
    them how much we cherish their sacrifice for our free people. Let these
    memories harvest our recognition of the meaning of Memorial Day in a very
    simple word. And let that word, simply stated be: THANKS!!!

  • Anonymous 06/01/2008 3:13am

    Global Development Matters

    http://www.globaldevelopmentmatters.org/how-can-i-help.asp

    Greatly considered in the food price problem and illustrious Congress and Democrats. The capital organization works for the freedom loving peoples of the world and fantastically launches programs to stop poverty. Wonderfully helping the pregnant countries. Gravid divining the saving of lives of and asserting what they know is best for the meek and unassuming shamed poor of the world.

    The comment is for the good Americans, Democrats and Open Congress. Accept it for what it is and just a deferential and submissive foreigner learning from dignified and noble America. If it is deleted, I’m sure Open Congress knows what is best for these baseborn and simple people.

  • Anonymous 06/01/2008 7:00am

    Global Development Matters,

    Glad to hear you feel that way…and since you do feel that way, I’m sure you won’t mind it a bit when I grab your wallet and give HALF your money away to people around the world that won’t even try to take their own nations under control and develop them.

    I donate to charity and do it gladly on a VOLUNTEER basis…but when somebody, anybody, including congresses and potential presidents start taking money from my tax money that I have no choice in saying how much of my income is taken or where, how, and whom it’s spent on…I get real mule-ish and talk down to idiots and their idiotic professions.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 4:28pm

    Cut world hunger in half:

    http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/06/05/foodsummit-declaration.html

    This all started with Clinton and his feed the world. It’s cost 100s of billions and they just need more. Find another country.

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 4:41pm

    Pay African farmers. The government gets our cash and pays their farmers. Right.

    Most of these countries can pay their own farmers fine.

    http://voanews.com/english/2008-06-05-voa21.cfm

  • Anonymous 06/05/2008 6:14pm

    It’s a global tax like the British and the carbon credits.

    Double farm production by US paying their farmers! By 2030. Thats only 12 years of payments, better than the ones we have to 2050.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7439015.stm

  • t3ckn0b0y 06/08/2008 7:40pm

    Obama has no right to try and take away our sovereignty and freedoms.. Creating a global tax for the United Nations to take yet an additional .7% of our incomes to feed the hungry on top of what we already give which is more than any other nation. This bill would give the globalists “UN” the right to increase that tax anytime they want, come into our countries and take away our guns, and gives them the right to control our seas and borders.. Is this the kind of change you people want..??? Your country controlled by the united nations…

  • Anonymous 06/10/2008 4:43am

    Obama’s oil windfall profit tax from Carter. Global poverty tax money.

  • Anonymous 06/26/2008 11:03am

    The point of the bill is retarded, whether it mandates spending by the executive branch or not. The senate and Obama should be doing somehting wothwhile with their time and status, not introducing/passing/debating bills that as one loser in here says “makes us feel good”. It reinforces Obama and his ideology, which is to redistribute the wealth of this nation in a way that he sees is best. This completely contrary to the intent of our founding and is NOT in the best interest of this nation. Giving hand outs to the poor does not and will never end poverty it only drags others into it.

  • ebuite37 06/30/2008 5:39pm

    it’s gonna cost over $800 BILLION over 13 years!!! If you want to give money to other countries and poor people, that’s your choice (We have a couple Children’s International kids). But don’t take my money for your unConstitutional projects!!! I don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat…it’s illegal! Donate to a non-profit if you want to feel good. The money will be better spent anyway.

  • Anonymous 07/03/2008 2:58pm

    Currently, U.S. global development policies and programs are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and almost 60 government offices. Increased coordination is sorely needed to be effective.

    The Global Poverty Act, S.2433, is an authorizing piece of legislation which sets a directive for those departments under the Secretary of State to create a plan to address the first United Nations Millennium Development Goal.

    This bill is NOT an appropriating piece of legislation that would direct any new funds (or global taxes) to United States foreign assistance. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this legislation would cost less than $1 million to implement.

    S.2433 does not prejudge what the strategy should be, only that a strategy should be created.

    The Global Poverty Act does not subjugate the United States to the will of the United Nations. The strategy would apply only to those programs administered by the United States and the strategy would have complete Congressional oversight.

    For more information on the myths related to this bill, please visit: http://www.bread.org/take-action…-fact- sheet.pdf.

    For more information, you can easily read this bill at: http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/qu…emp/ ~c110vneZOT

  • Anonymous 07/03/2008 4:52pm

    Right.

    The agencies and employees aren’t needed. Streamline the tax, and it is a tax, to a foreign government.

  • Anonymous 07/03/2008 4:55pm
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    Obama can’t get away from Blair’s GDP tax that he created this legislation over – two hard core socialists.

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  • Anonymous 07/24/2008 1:55pm

    How did this Bipartisian bill become so controversial? It is constructed to mandate an open dialogue between congress and the president on how to make our foreign aid MORE EFFICIENT. It appropriates NO MONEY. I dont know where people are reading all this BS about the bill. The Act is serioulsy 4 pages long. Read it.

    It is too bad that the Act has been hijacked by election politics.

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