Congressman Donald Payne: A Strong Voice for African Policy Silenced
The Heritage Foundation - almost 5 years
U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa seldom achieves headline status except in times of most acute crisis. Yet the vast continent of one billion, with all its hope, problems, and conflicts, requires sustained, high-level U.S. attention. Given the constraints on time of the President and Secretary of State, it often falls to lower level diplomats, development experts, and Members of Congress to play an active role in keeping American attention focused on a specific geographic area and shaping effective policy.
For more than 20 years, Congressman <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a> (D–NJ), who died on March 6, was at the center of discussions of U.S. policy in Africa and an active participant in many efforts to build U.S.–Africa relations. Over the span of an active career, Payne worked to keep attention on African issues.
Payne was personally involved in the development of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. He wrote legislation that sought to p
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