I’m on Capitol Hill just about every day. And you know what question I keep getting asked? How did ONE help get the Electrify Africa Act passed in the House of Representatives?
And you know what I always say? Because of ONE members like you.
Just a couple of hours ago, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senior Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Energize Africa Act (it’s official: we have a bill!). We are very excited about this. The bill aims to help African countries bring first time access to electricity to 50 million people by 2020. It does this in a number of ways, including:
- Requiring the White House to develop a comprehensive multiyear strategy to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa to implement country-led power strategies;
- Requiring USAID, OPIC and US African Development Foundation to prioritize assistance for power projects; and
- Creating pilot programs and expedited procedures to finance electricity projects.
Introduction of the bill was just the first step. Next up, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the bill. And great news – that will happen next Tuesday! We’ll be working hard to make sure the hearing on Tuesday is a good one – and the best way to do that is to have our members weigh in with their senators about the importance of the bill. The more support we get, the better the chances we have for success!
I’ve seen firsthand the power of ONE volunteers. You voice was heard in the House.