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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  • Anonymous 07/30/2008 5:11am

    Nice try IKE…..Lets keep our dollars in our country instead of worrying about people in other countries that do not have enough brain matter to use conterception. Obama does not have a chance with this bill or the White house.

  • Anonymous 07/30/2008 11:00pm

    How should the lives of people earning a dollar a day change? Should they earn 2 dollars, a hundred dollars, should they get enough to buy a car? Is it enough to just give them an extra dollar to get them out of that category? This sounds like domestic policies for those countries and should be made by those countries.

  • fordznut 07/31/2008 5:18am

    How about we all start taking care of the United States first. We should not be giving away taxpayer $‘s to foreign countries at all. We have decaying infrastructue her at home that will take trillions to bring up to date. We have poverty here at home too. We have 10’s of thousands of homeless people, unemployment due to jobs lost to third world countries. What I don’t understand why the people in this country continue to re-elect national politicians who are hell-bent on bringing the United States down to third world status. They’re destroying our country around us and we sit here allowing that to happen. Are we as stupid as the politicians in Washington think? I hope not! Its time to wake up America and take back our country from the 535 assholes we elected to serve us who aren’t doing just that! we can start by rejecting all incumbents for re-election. Vote for a new guy, maybe an independent. God knows the jackasses and mastedons aren’t doing our bidding. They only serve themselves. We need to elect a Congress and a President who really will represent “WE THE PEOPLE”.

  • ibrian 07/31/2008 11:37am

    This bill is not necessary. Although, helping out the world is nice, but I think that we have more things to worry about in our own country.

  • Anonymous 07/31/2008 12:29pm

    Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates from
    U.S. Global Leadership Campaign Tribute Dinner on July 15, 2008

    “It has become clear that America’s civilian institutions of diplomacy and development have been chronically undermanned and underfunded for far too long – relative to what we traditionally spend on the military, and more important, relative to the responsibilities and challenges our nation has around the world.”

    “I cannot pretend to know the right dollar amount – I know it’s a good deal more than the one percent of the federal budget that it is right now. But the budgets we are talking about are relatively small compared to the rest of the government, steep increase of these capabilities is well within reach – as long as there is the political will and wisdom to do it.”

    “And, for the first time in a long time, I sense real bipartisan support in Congress for strengthening the civilian foreign affairs budget.”

    FIRST: this bill appropriates NO NEW MONEY

    SECOND: combating conditions that fuel terrorism is HELPING AMERICA FIRST.

  • Anonymous 07/31/2008 12:36pm

    How is this bill a “Gloabal Tax” if no new money is distributed or charged to the American public?

    Since when did this become a liberal issue? This should be a human issue. I am a fiscal consevative that why i supporty making our foreign aid more effective with the money we already appropriate. how can you not love this bill?

    Also like someone else said, fighting international poverty MAY be more effective at combating terroism then the (fiscally irresponsible) trillion dollar Iraq War.

  • Anonymous 08/07/2008 11:19am

    how come noble republicans advocate the “liberation” of the Iraqis from pain of dictatorship, costing over a trillion dollars. This was OUR MORAL IMPERATIVE. but then, a bill that would cost only a million dollars to implement (congressional budget office—-non partisian) to releive the pain of millions of impoverished people around the world is SOMEHOW WASTEFUL? WHAT?

    People this is how we can lead the worlds stage, and get our bang for our buck.

  • Anonymous 08/08/2008 5:05am

    You obviously didn’t read it either. I quote “(9) At the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) nations in July 2005, leaders from all eight participating countries committed to increase aid to Africa from the current $25,000,000,000 annually to $50,000,000,000 by 2010, and to cancel 100 percent of the debt obligations owed to the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Monetary Fund by 18 of the world’s poorest nations.”

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    Anonymous 08/25/2008 9:50am
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    what is your point?

  • Anonymous 08/22/2008 3:10am

    Americans in general have given over $2.5 billion annually to support the poor around the world. The problem is that the UN who gets to spend these funds gave $500 million to N. Korea without any accounting for how the money is spent. This raises serious questions about how this money will be used and for what purpose. I think this bill needs to be killed on the floor and a much better version put together. Maybe the Gates Foundation people could provide some lessons as they are getting value for each dollar spent. A serious question to be raised also is what has happened to the $50 billion America has already donated in Africian nations. I think we need better accountability.

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    Anonymous 08/25/2008 9:41am
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    Thats the point of the bill…to increase accountablity

  • Gene44 08/22/2008 3:43am

    One would think that the UN would try to enforce responsible governments rather than continiuos donations from the rich to give to the poor. How many hundreds of years are donations going to be taking place? The EU poured about $100 billion into the former Eastern Block countries and each of them have taken off and created working economic wonders. Africa has been given $500 billion in aid, has oil, diamonds, other natural resources and yet depends on aid from the UN? Where are the responsible governments? They borrow money for development and then get the debts eliminated by the UN, IMF, etc. Something is wrong with this picture. The US gives hundreds of millions away to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s)for the very same reason, not to even mention direct USAID. I think the entire situation needs to be thought through very carefully before this commitment is made to the UN.

  • rickvic 08/23/2008 9:58am
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    Let Nancy save the planet, by herself. Congress is elected to serve the American people. This bill is above BHO’s pay scale. Put it to a vote of the people, so congress can see what mainstream American’s think of how congress spends our money. Perhaps if more people are aware of what they are up to they would get voted out.

    USN Vietnam Vet

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    Anonymous 08/25/2008 9:46am

    above BHO pay scale?

    are you using AIM’s figures or the GBO?

    also, this bill is disigned to decrease the amount of spending loopholes in foreign AID-Making spending more efficient! yay everyone wins!

  • Anonymous 09/06/2008 6:23am

    When are we ever going to learn that we can’t buy friends. History has proven that all of the money we have ever sent to help the poor ends up into the pockets of the corrupt people that run those countries, and the people of those countries never even know that we have sent it because the crooks in those countries run the media also.

    I am not against helping the people but we need to find a better way to help rather than making millionaires or billionaires out of a few corrupt heads of state and their cronies.

    What we really need is a grass roots movement to get the crooks and the ego maniacs out of Washington DC.

    As for Barack Obama, it is very scary to me that a large percentage of this country does not seem to care that he has held these relationships with these radicals against America for so long and had his Harvard Education financed by Saudi’s. Exactly which country does he love and who is he really working for?

    JK in Montana

  • Anonymous 09/08/2008 10:27am
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    I really don’t care what the good cause or which side of the aisle thought this one up— the President and the Senate and the House work for the people of the US and they have no business working for other countries or entities (including but not limited to the UN).

    It is bad enough that they think the job is to take money from some of the citizens and give it to others by force. My God, this is beyond belief.

  • Shavager 09/16/2008 8:53pm

    Obama is the PIED PIPER of socialism, take from those with the greater ability and give to those with the greater need. Communism 101 and he’s a proponent. He wants to give the U.N. the 845 billion with S.2344 and also proposed the Citizenshp Promotion Act S.795 which will cost us 80 million to advertise to aliens to sign up for taxpayer funded English classes, education and citizenship classes, provide legal assistance for citizenship and right to vote. I’ve been a reg. Democrat for 30yrs, but I say vote for HERO over ZERObama! For STRAIGHT TALK over JIVE TALK! Vote McCain/Palin and keep this baby Robt. Mugabe out of the White House

  • libraryjudy 09/17/2008 1:55pm

    This is not a new idea! In 2000, 180 nations of the world, including the United States, agreed to a platform of action, known ans the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, They include targets for education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, etc, all interconnected and related to poverty and designed to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. This bill is only putting the rubber to the road to what the U.S. has promised and gotten behind the 8 goals. Great strides have been made. People of all faiths, political persuasions, races, genders, corporations, etc. are working hard towards the MDG’s. Do your homework. Check out the U.N. web site. Please don’t make this a political problem. 30 senators, Rep. & Dem, are behind this bill because Poverty has no bias; only people do.
    HikingtheBlue

  • Anonymous 09/18/2008 8:12pm

    I feel bad for people starving in other counties but am not sure how to help them. We sent food aid to the philipines, haiti, ethiopia and many other countries we sent them free food but allowed their governments to sell the food to make money for the governments, the governments sold the food at lower prices then local farmers and ranchers could afford to produce food so that put them out of business which has increased their need for aid. So in trying to help we made things worse so now they need more help. I do not know what the answer is. By giving food to people we have made it so that the people in those countries that produced food can no longer afford to produce food and now have to buy food from there governments. The governments get the food free but now that there is no local production they can charge more for the food.

    It may be a ingenious strategy to make it so that these countries can no longer feed them selves with out our help but the idea of using food as a weapon seems unethical to me. me.

  • GeorgeMacidy 09/19/2008 10:42pm
    Is this the “change and Hope” that we can count on? I was very, very very angry when I read this bill. I cannot believe…the …Audacity…To put everyone else first…before your own country…when Americans are out of jobs, When Americans are losing their homes…What about us?!?!?! G
  • aindilis 09/20/2008 9:01pm

    I vote against this bill, but not for the reasons you might think. I believe that the poor should be helped, but it seems to me that the United States would be incapable of helping them. The US is increasingly dominated by corporations, and it seems to me that these corporations are looking for laborers. Therefore they wish to mold these foreign poor into Americans – bent on mindless consumption, filled with corporate propaganda from the corporate Hollywood, and so forth. I think that these countries should be allowed to develop according to their own traditions. What the United States should do is pursue better economic and foreign policies. Look for instance at the extremely negative effect the US invasion of Iraq has had on their people. The Iraqi’s are a dispossed people, robbed of their natural resources by an unjust faction of militants who have seized control of the United States government. The true colors are shown here, and this gives away the intention that the United States has in this bill. Furthermore, the United States should not fight socialism at every turn. Socialism seeks to provide a better distribution of wealth in society. Capitalism does not. So the United States fighting socialism belies its intentions to help the poor. Look at what Chavez has done by investing his nations oil wealth in the poor. I write this article, not to be mean to the United States, but to accurately present what I believe would help the poor the most. I find that the United States seems to tailor its policy according to what benefits the rich more than the poor. If I am in error, I apologize.

  • Toolbox003 09/23/2008 7:22pm

    If this bill passes the US will have to agree to the UN’s Millenium Declaration which has connotations all of their own. This would require the US to rewrite many of the laws that we hold near & dear to our hearts such as the 2nd amendment. The US would also have to agree to the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which was proposed in 1989 and the US is one of the last members of the UN that is refusing to sign this, and for good some very valid reasons. If this bill passes it will allow the UN to have more power over the US than it needs or should ever have. And on the poverty issue, the US needs to take care of the poverty stricken here at home before sending any more money oversea’s.

  • Toolbox003 09/23/2008 7:24pm
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    If this bill passes, the US will have to agree to the UN’s Millenium Declaration which has connotations all of their own. This would require the US to rewrite many of the laws that we hold near & dear to our hearts such as the 2nd amendment. The US would also have to agree to the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which was proposed in 1989 and the US is one of the last members of the UN that is refusing to sign this, and for good some very valid reasons. If this bill passes it will allow the UN to have more power over the US than it needs or should ever have. And on the poverty issue, the US needs to take care of the poverty stricken here at home before sending any more money overseas.

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    libraryjudy 09/27/2008 6:02am

    Has anyone even read the UN Resolution on Global Poverty to cut poverty in half by 2015? It doesn’t seem so by these comments. We are in a global economy. What we do here effects/affects the whole world, including those most in need. If you want to see what can be done by one person at a time, look at The Heifer Project online which supports projects IN THE USA, as well. It does not give handouts to financially blackmail the receipent, but does things like provide a flock of chickens for food, eggs, and small business income. This is just one example of what can be done with little effort to lift people from poverty AND KEEP THEM FROM BEING EXPLOITED. Please do the research. It is a small world after all.

  • Anonymous 09/29/2008 8:06am

    Where is this money coming from? We are almost $13 Trillion Dollars in ourselves and we are going to try to eliminate povert in Africa. How about Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq taking care of their neighbors in Africa and Asia. Where in our Constitution and when did we as the American people agree to solve world poverty? Also I would like to know all the contributions the rest of the world has forwarded to the US to help us out with 9-11, Katrina and IKE!

  • Anonymous 09/30/2008 11:35pm

    I’m stupid, explain this to me like I’m a five year old…
    Do you honestly believe the President alone has that much power? And, if so, that would mean our CHECKS and BALANCES system is flawed.

    How would we fix that? By electing another Democrat or Republican?

    The problems we face today are from the GREED at the top.

    How do we stop that?

  • Rowland 10/03/2008 3:40pm

    Bill Clinton gave a speech to feed the world and end poverty. All these foreign aid bills which are now five year tripled budgets are because of that speech. Obama is just making him keep his word.

    So, we went broke giving away 100s of billions. Check the loans we forgave since 1996, 80 billion. We could bail ourselves out on the new five year foreign aid budgets, but we already committed which was Obama’s plan.

  • Anonymous 10/30/2008 11:26am
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    As Nancy Regan once said “Just Say No!”

  • Anonymous 11/13/2008 4:48am

    OBAMA is the great BLACK GOD (greater than any GOD today). The great black devil will kill him.

    NOW is a good time to leave the u.s.a. (YOU.NAZI.STATE)country. The nazi USA will bomb its own country to declare war on the world. This is the first step for the nazi U.S.A to en-slave the world. move to another country (safer), arm your self with WMA and death. fighting the nazi from with-in is the jobs of The American people. The war will be won by the people, if the people start infecting the nazi USA computer with virus. destroy street cameras and be safe about it. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU, BEFORE YOU DO, and avoid pigs contact stay off the streets. get a pre-paid phone, less likely to track. Remember not to hurt ANY people, you must step on any government puppets. anyone who support the nazi usa government must be dealt with. People are only smart if you feel them infor. Be VERY quite about DEATH.

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    Anonymous 12/02/2008 9:10am

    um, they have your IP address now. I’d be careful saying too much or they might come for you and put you away thanx to the home grown terrorism act.
    yep, now you can be charged for
    ’thought crimes"


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