Hidden in a bill reauthorizing the Coast Guard, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would increase the cost of shipping U.S. food aid to foreign countries by $75 million, according to travel guru Rick Steves. The chief beneficiary of this bill is the U.S. shipping industry. The bill increases by 50 percent the amount of food aid that must be shipped by U.S.-flagged cargo ships. The bill is opposed by USAID, Catholic Relief Services, and Bread for the World. It has gone to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for consideration (Seattle Times, June 3).