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U. S. House of Representatives passes Global Poverty Act

ATLANTA (Sept. 26, 2007) –The U. S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Global Poverty Act on Sept. 26. The bill, which was strongly endorsed by Habitat for Humanity International, makes the reduction of global poverty an official U.S. policy.

The Global Poverty Act declares it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty and the achievement of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme global poverty in half by 2015. The bill requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to carry out the policy.

“On behalf of Habitat for Humanity’s national organizations around the world and our nearly 1,700 U.S. affiliates, I congratulate the House of Representatives for passing the Global Poverty Act (HR 1302),” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “With more than 1 billion people living on less than $1 per day and another 1.6 billion earning less than $2 per day, the United States has a responsibility to provide leadership in the fight against global poverty.

“By making it U.S .policy to promote the reduction of global poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and by requiring the President to implement a global poverty reduction strategy, the Global Poverty Act represents an important step toward fulfilling this fundamental responsibility. Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers around the world are grateful to Rep. Adam Smith and the House leadership for moving forward with this important bill.”

The Global Poverty Act was introduced in the House on March 1, 2007. The bill requires the President to report back to Congress annually on progress made in the implementation of the global poverty strategy. The strategy will include specific and measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks and timetables.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit