Good news from ONE: Record Number of Elected Officials Sign Budget Letters

I got this e-mail from the ONE Campaign today:

Here’s some good news for the holiday season.
 
Hundreds of ONE members joined the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign to flood Congress with calls about the urgent letter to President-elect Barack Obama asking him for a robust FY10 International Affairs Budget request. And in the end, a total of 51 Senators and 166 Representatives signed the letter.
 
Read more: http://www.one.org/r?r=158&id=779-939700-gZeCg0x&t=2
 
This letter, from Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and several of their colleagues in the Senate and the House, represents the first critical step in building bipartisan support for a strong International Affairs Budget. We hope that funding will enable the proven, effective and affordable solutions needed to save and improve the lives of those suffering from poverty and preventable diseases worldwide.
 
Your calls, combined with those from USGLc members, have had an impact. Direct contact with lawmakers is the most effective way we can persuade them to open lifesaving possibilities for the most at-risk people in the world. Since we asked you to tell your Members of Congress that you wanted robust funding for the International Affairs Budget, 35 Senators and 102 Representatives added their names to this letter, joining the 16 Senators and 64 Representatives who had already signed.
 
Learn more about this success on the ONE blog: http://www.one.org/r?r=158&id=779-939700-gZeCg0x&t=3
 
We still have a lot of work to do to secure the International Affairs Budget funding, but due in part to your efforts, we’re starting the New Year off right.

This is good news indeed.  It’s encouraging to know that, among all the myriad troubles — and, let’s face it, general craziness — politicians and lawmakers have to deal with right now, things like international aid are still attracting attention.  It’s especially nice to see that this is a bi-partisan effort, supported by significant Republicans and Democrats, and members of both houses of Congress.

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~ by h.e.g. on December 17, 2008.

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