Letter to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate Transmitting Proposed Emergency Food Assistance Legislation

August 16, 1984

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am transmitting today proposed legislation, the ``President's Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1984,'' together with a section-by-section analysis and supporting justification.

On July 10, 1984, the thirtieth anniversary of the P.L. 480 Food for Peace Program, I announced a major five-point emergency food aid initiative designed to reduce the suffering and loss of life brought about by acute hunger situations overseas. The proposal I am transmitting today carries out, in part, that initiative by authorizing:

-- the creation of a special $50 million Presidential fund designed to provide emergency food and related assistance more quickly and effectively; and

-- the payment of inland freight and distribution costs under Title II of P.L. 480 in special emergency cases.

I consider enactment of this legislation of great importance and would appreciate your efforts in seeing that it is enacted.


Ronald Reagan

Note: This is the text of identical letters addressed to Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives, and George Bush, President of the Senate.