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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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”.

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.

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.

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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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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.

Anonymous 07/03/2008 4:52pm


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

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

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 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.

Anonymous 06/10/2008 4:43am

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

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 06/05/2008 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.


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.


Anonymous 06/05/2008 4:28pm

Cut world hunger in half:


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 06/01/2008 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 06/01/2008 3:13am

Global Development Matters


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 05/24/2008 5:37am


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!!!

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 05/16/2008 1:37pm
in reply to Anonymous May 16, 2008 1:23pm

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!

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.

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 05/14/2008 6:11am
in reply to InGodWeTrust Feb 22, 2008 2:41pm

I agree with about being taxed to death.

With a three TRILLION dollar budget our highways, streets “AND POT HOLES” should be paved in GOLD.

Who’s kidding who republicans and democrats…both parties aren’t just irresponsible thieves, they are obscenely INSANE!

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 05/14/2008 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 05/13/2008 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 05/12/2008 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.

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!

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.

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