WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) introduced a resolution celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), established by Congress to reduce global poverty and promote good governance. Rep. Smith has long advocated for the MCC, helping to secure billions of dollars over the past twenty years to support their work around the world.
“The Millennium Challenge Corporation has had tremendous success over the past 20 years reducing poverty, building sustainable economic growth, and promoting good governance in lower income countries. MCC’s model improves people’s lives in the countries they partner with and promotes stability, resilience, and growth, advancing U.S. global development priorities and national security goals,” said Rep. Adam Smith. “I commend the incredible work of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for the last 20 years and look forward to its continued success.”
“Over the last 20 years Millennium Challenge Corporation has partnered with some of the most underdeveloped nations in the world and successfully reduced poverty and promoted democracy and economic growth. I am grateful to recognize the dedication and hard work of the Millennium Challenge Corporation to better the lives of people around the world while promoting our shared global ideals. Improving the livelihoods of other nations is mutually beneficial to the United States as it improves stability and alliances around the world while increasing trade and economic growth. I want to wish the Millennium Challenge Corporation and all of its dedicated staff over the years a happy anniversary and my best wishes for their continued success,” said Rep. Joe Wilson.
“We’re celebrating more than MCC’s anniversary, we’re commemorating 20 years of impactful solutions that change lives, strengthen democracy, and move us toward a better world. Many thanks to Representatives Smith and Wilson for introducing MCC’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Resolution, and for their tireless support of MCC. Bipartisan and bicameral Congressional support has empowered MCC to partner with 47 emerging democracies to provide effective, evidence-based foreign assistance. This work is improving the lives of more than 300 million people around the world and delivering security and economic benefits for the American people,” said MCC CEO Alice Albright.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation partners with the world’s poorest countries that are committed to just and democratic governance, economic freedom, and investing in their populations. MCC provides time-limited grants promoting economic growth, reducing poverty, and strengthening institutions. MCC programs complement other U.S. and international development programs and encourage private sector investment to tackle challenges like agriculture and irrigation, energy, transportation infrastructure, health care, education, and anti-corruption to the benefit of developing countries and U.S. taxpayers.
The full text of the resolution can be found here.