By John Fawcett, Legislative Director
Amid the outpouring of support for Haiti, one offer of assistance was met with suspicion by many debt cancellation advocates. The IMF announced an emergency $100 million loan to Haiti to aid in earthquake recovery and reconstruction. While funding for recovery and reconstruction is sorely needed, loans that create additional debt (rather than grants, which do not have to be repaid) are an unacceptable response to this humanitarian disaster. Read More.
By Blair Hinderliter
ACTION (Advocacy to Control Tuberculosis Internationally) is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Wainwright as Project Director. The announcement culminates an extensive global search for a project director for this cutting edge global TB advocacy project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and now operates in eight countries. Read More.
By Joanne Carter, Executive Director
As we are all painfully aware, Haiti has been devastated by an earthquake with massive loss of life, and destruction of already overburdened and under-resourced services and infrastructure. For those who want to make direct contributions to the relief and rebuilding efforts, two partner organizations in Haiti that we trust and respect immensely are on the front lines of the response and need your support now. Read More.
By Ann Beltran, Domestic Policy Volunteer, RESULTS
President Obama and House and Senate leaders have agreed to forego a formal House-Senate conference committee to reconcile the two health care reform bills and will instead negotiate informally behind closed doors. Democratic leaders stated they will overcome their remaining differences, with the aim of sending a bill to President Obama before his State of the Union address (latest scuttlebutt says February 2). Read Ann’s recap of where things stand and how we’re influencing the process. Read More.