More foreign assistance to squeeze US taxpayers

A Concurrent Resolution to give at least 1% of US GDP towards foreign assistance

Dem. Rep. Barbara Lee of California

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1 percent of United States gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs.

H. Con. Res. 11 was introduced on January 20, 2011 into the House of Representatives by Rep. Barbara Lee of California (D) which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The 2009 GDP was approximately $14.3 trillion.

Co-sponsors include:
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA)
Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Read H. Con. Res. 11

Bio: Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California, born in 1946, has been in a US Representative since 1998. She is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. Prior to her service to the US House of Representatives, she held positions with the California State Assembly.

What is an H. Con. Res.?
A Concurrent Resolution originating in the House must be passed in the same form by both houses, but does not require the signature of the president and does not have the force of law. Concurrent resolutions are generally used to make or amend rules that apply to both houses. They are also used to express the sentiments of both of the houses. For example, a concurrent resolution is used to set the time of Congress’ adjournment. It may also be used by Congress to convey congratulations to another country on the anniversary of its independence. Another important use of the concurrent resolution is for the annual congressional budget resolution, which sets Congress’ revenue and spending goals for the upcoming fiscal year.


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