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Congress poised to remove hurdles to U.S.–Africa development aid

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A platform of the Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway. Photo: Houssein Hersi / AFP / Getty Images

The Senate is set to vote on a bill authorizing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. foreign aid agency that gives large grants to developing countries, to enter regional compacts in Africa.

What's next: The bill, which passed the House last month, authorizes MCC to support increased regional integration efforts and cross-border trade in Africa by removing single-country investment restrictions. If signed into law by President Trump, the bill will give MCC the freedom to facilitate U.S. engagement in the transportation, energy and agricultural sectors of emerging economies.