(Rapaport…February 14, 2002) Congressman Tony Hall (D-Ohio) has accepted President Bush’s nomination to serve as the U.S. representative to the World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), all agencies of the United Nations which assist international hunger-relief efforts. The position requires confirmation by the Senate. Hall is a cosponsor of the Clean Diamonds Trade Act bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last November. The legislation is currently waiting for passage by the Senate.
”Fighting hunger and improving conditions for the neediest people, both here at home and abroad, has been my personal passion,” Hall said. “The new position will enable me to focus on this mission with the full support and authority of the United States government. It will allow me to expand my service while continuing to work for my country.”
Hall’s senior aide, Debra De Young, said the appointment “could enhance his ability to focus on the conflict diamond issue.” If Hall’s nomination is approved, he will not seek re-election in the House of Representatives. He served 33 years.