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In the news release, Mercy Corps Applauds Introduction Of Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act Of 2013, issued
19-Nov-2013 by Mercy Corps over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that in the first graph, first sentence it should be
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) instead of
Randy Weber (R-TX) as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows:
Mercy Corps Applauds Introduction Of Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act Of 2013
Global humanitarian organization calls for speedy consideration and passage of bill
Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mercy Corps urges Congress to quickly consider and pass the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013 (HAFA/H.R. 3526), introduced this week by Representatives
Chris Smith (R-NJ),
Jim McGovern (D-MA) and
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The bill aims to remove legal roadblocks that have stalled and sometimes obstructed U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable people who have the misfortune of living in communities controlled by sanctioned governments or terrorist groups.
"Under current U.S. law, NGOs working in the world's toughest places are sometimes forced to choose between saving lives and breaking the law," says
Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps. "We believe Congress did not intend to slow down or prevent the delivery of food, water and other lifesaving assistance in humanitarian emergencies, but that has been the unintended consequence of current laws. Through the speedy passage of HAFA, Congress can help ensure the efficient and timely delivery of responsible humanitarian aid to vulnerable men, women and children in their hour of need."
The Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act streamlines and makes government decision-making processes more transparent thus expediting the approval process needed for NGOs working in communities where access to civilian populations is controlled by sanctioned entities. HAFA provides for multiple safeguards to ensure humanitarian assistance reaches the most vulnerable people, including: