The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 641& H.R. 3658) was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2012. The bill, which would expand existing U.S. programs aimed at improving conditions for those in developing countries who lack access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation, was previously passed in the Senate in 2009 before dying in the House. Having passed committee for a second time, the bill is in position to be passed by the Senate, but needs your support to be successful in the House.
|Many people are still forced to use polluted water sources|
as there are simply no other options.
- The goal of the act is to help 100 million people gain sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation over six years.
- It is an extension of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, which was signed in to law in 2005.
- It is backed by a bi-partison group of 26 senators.
- A companion bill is waiting to be voted on in the House Foreign Relations Committee.
- H.R. 3658 currently has a bi-partisan backing of 61 co-sponsors, including Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole (R).
To learn more about the Act and how you can be involved, visit the Act page on WASH Advocates' website. To find contact information for your local representative, click here.
|These boys in Tanzania can collect water from a new well|
in their community.