POLICY Statement

December 7, 2022: American Task Force On Lebanon Applauds Congress For Increasing United States Engagement On The Humanitarian Situation And Food Security In Lebanon

December 07, 2022

Washington, DC, December 7, 2022 (ATFL), The American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), a leadership organization of Americans of Lebanese descent, applauds the US Congress for addressing the humanitarian situation and food security in Lebanon.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the defense policy bill for the forthcoming year, includes an amendment, sponsored by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Darin LaHood (R-IL), mandating a report from the Secretaries of State and Defense as well as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to key committees in Congress on the humanitarian situation and food security in Lebanon.

The report will include an analysis of the projected increase in malnutrition, an estimate on the increase of food insecure individuals in Lebanon, an estimate on the number of people who will be faced with acute malnutrition as a result of food price inflation, and an overview of what the US is doing to address these challenges.

“We want to thank Congress, especially Representatives Dingell and LaHood, for their continued support of the Lebanese people during this historic humanitarian crisis,” said ATFL President Edward Gabriel. “This report is a necessary step in addressing the crisis and ATFL will continue to work with bipartisan Members of Congress and the Biden Administration to continue increasing US support for the Lebanese people,” he added.

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