WASHINGTON – The ONE Campaign welcomes the vote by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to send the Electrify Africa Act (HR 2548) to the House floor for a vote.
Tom Hart, US Executive Director of ONE, said:
“We are thrilled that the House Foreign Affairs Committee moved a bipartisan bill that will help bring electricity to 50 million Africans for the first time at no new cost to the American taxpayer.
We thank Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NJ) for sponsoring the bill and for their leadership on this critical issue.
Energy poverty affects every aspect of life – from health and education to economics and security. This legislation shows the best face of America. The Electrify Africa Act will be an important weapon in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease.”
To learn more about energy poverty, visit ONE.org/energy.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations. We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives. To learn more, go to ONE.org.