Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S.  Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S.  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, issued the following joint statement in response to the proposed food aid reforms included in President Obama’s  FY 2014 budget:

“U.S. international food aid programs have long embodied the compassion of the American people.  After nearly 60 years of experience, we are encouraged by the President’s proposal to fundamentally alter our food aid program to reach more people, more quickly, at less cost.  Several recent studies have highlighted the need for reform.  We look forward to working with the Administration and our colleagues in Congress to modernize U.S. food aid programs while ensuring maximum impact and efficiency.”