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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul championed two pieces of legislation that were signed into law by the president this week. 

H.R. 2444 The “Eastern European Security Act” authorizing the Secretary of State to work with our NATO allies to encourage investment in American defense hardware and innovation.

“With the President’s signing of my bipartisan legislation into law, the United States has reaffirmed its unwavering support for the NATO alliance and the principle of collective defense. The law provides the executive branch the flexibility it needs to assist our NATO allies as they modernize their defense capabilities, transforming from countries that languished behind the Iron Curtain into invaluable partners. It is essential to our national security to continue to work with NATO allies to divest from legacy Soviet-era and Russian equipment and advance peace and stability in Europe.”   

H.R. 2744 – The “USAID Branding Modernization Act” to empower the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), along with the Department of State, to clearly brand U.S. humanitarian assistance by expanding tools and logos available to the agency to implement a comprehensive branding strategy. It also requires an audit by the agency’s Inspector General to ensure our partners are complying with branding regulations.

“The United States is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid by far. Branding represents smart diplomacy and this bill will ensure recipients of U.S. assistance know it is a gift from the American people. There’s no better way to win the hearts and minds than by saving lives, feeding hungry children, and supporting impoverished populations.”

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