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Just a note to interested readers that Congressmen Henry Hyde (R-IL), Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, and Tom Lantos (D-CA), the Committee's ranking Democrat, introduced a 3-year reauthorization of the MCC with language that in some cases appears productive and in some cases appears worrisome. Word has it that Congress will not take up this piece of legislation before the recess. In the next week or so, we will be looking more closely at issues in the legislation such as:
-- increased Congressional reporting and consultation requirements
-- number of compacts per country and capping of compact durations
-- calls for enhanced poverty impact assessments of MCC programs
-- call for increased staff, but without guidance on skills set
-- transfer of MCC from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 to the Foreign Assistance Act
I would welcome any comments from those of you following this issue. Of particular interest is the impact of transferring the MCC to the FAA with its reporting, procurement and legislative mandate directives.

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