22 U.S. Code § 2292 - General provisions

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(a) Congressional policy
The Congress, recognizing that prompt United States assistance to alleviate human suffering caused by natural and manmade disasters is an important expression of the humanitarian concern and tradition of the people of the United States, affirms the willingness of the United States to provide assistance for the relief and rehabilitation of people and countries affected by such disasters.
(b) General authority
Subject to limitations in section 2292a of this title, and notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any other Act, the President is authorized to furnish assistance to any foreign country, international organization, or private voluntary organization, on such terms and conditions as he may determine, for international disaster relief and rehabilitation, including assistance relating to disaster preparedness, and to the prediction of, and contingency planning for, natural disasters abroad.
(c) Specific direction
In carrying out the provisions of this section the President shall insure that the assistance provided by the United States shall, to the greatest extent possible, reach those most in need of relief and rehabilitation as a result of natural and manmade disasters.

Source

(Pub. L. 87–195, pt. I, § 491, as added Pub. L. 94–161, title I, § 101(3),Dec. 20, 1975, 89 Stat. 849; amended Pub. L. 95–424, title I, § 118(a),Oct. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 953; Pub. L. 96–533, title IV, § 404(b),Dec. 16, 1980, 94 Stat. 3150.)
References in Text

This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 87–195, Sept. 4, 1961, 75 Stat. 424, as amended, known as the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2151 of this title and Tables.
Prior Provisions

A prior section 491 ofPub. L. 87–195, pt. I, as added Pub. L. 92–226, pt. I, § 109,Feb. 7, 1972, 86 Stat. 24, provided for East Pakistan refugee relief assistance, including appropriations authorization of $250,000,000 for fiscal year 1972, prior to repeal by section 101(2) ofPub. L. 94–161.
Amendments

1980—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–533substituted “limitations” for “limitation on appropriations”.
1978—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 95–424substituted “, international organization, or private voluntary organization” for “or international organization”.
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–424effective Oct. 1, 1978, see section 605 ofPub. L. 95–424, set out as a note under section 2151 of this title.
Delegation of Functions

For delegation of functions of President under this section, see Ex. Ord. No. 12163, Sept. 29, 1979, 44 F.R. 56673, as amended, set out as a note under section 2381 of this title.

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