FILE - This Dec. 2, 2009 file photo shows Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., ranking Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Berman,

 

              FILE - This Dec. 2, 2009 file photo shows Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., ranking Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Berman,
FILE - This Dec. 2, 2009 file photo shows Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., ranking Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Berman, a leading House Democrat closing out three decades in Congress says a new structure to provide U.S. assistance worldwide is long overdue, and he has a plan, unveiling a 923-page bill on Wednesday that would replace the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 with a framework for providing developmental and economic U.S. aid. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)