Congressional Leadership Award Categories: Events Posted on May 7, 2009 Facebook0Twitter0Google+0LinkedIn0Pinterest0Senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Adam Smith were honored with IGD’s inaugural Congressional Leadership Award during the opening session of the 2009 National Summit on May 6 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes their consistent and significant efforts to advance policies that promote economic growth and reduce poverty around the world. Senator Lugar was selected for his leadership on farm subsidy reform, support for agricultural development and food security in poor countries, and dedication to sustaining and improving the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Congressman Smith was chosen for his leadership in efforts to bring greater coherence and efficiency to U.S. development policy by sponsoring the Global Poverty Act, working for broader reform of foreign assistance programs, and promoting trade policies that catalyze investment and growth in underdeveloped countries. “Taking action to vastly reduce global poverty must be one of America’s top foreign policy priorities. As one of the richest countries in the world, it is not only a moral imperative that the United States does more to help the billions of people living in poverty around the world, it is also in our national security interest,” Smith said. “I am humbled to receive this honor and look forward to working with my colleagues to continue improving and strengthening programs that aim to reduce global poverty.” William D. Ruckelshaus, Former EPA Administrator and IGD Board Vice Chair, and William H. Gates Sr., Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IGD co-founder, presented the awards. Photos: William D. Ruckelshaus, Jennifer Potter and Senator Richard Lugar; Congressman Adam Smith and William H. Gates Sr.