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Feed the Future bill fails

The Senate did not act on the Global Food Security Act before adjourning Tuesday evening, signaling the death of the bill.

The Good Food Security Act would have ordered that U.S. food aid and agricultural development programs be coordinated for one year at the presidential level under the direction of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

It was viewed as giving official statutory authorization to the Feed the Future program, which USAID launched using executive authority and which has been funded through appropriations. Earlier advocates had pushed for permanent authorization for Feed the Future.

The act was sponsored in the House by Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and passed the House on a voice vote on the suspension calendar.

The Senate version was sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and others.

A Senate source said all Democrats approved the bill in the "hotline" process that allows a piece of legislation to be passed by unanimous consent, but that not all Republican senators agreed to the unanimous consent request.

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