Annual Appropriations Sign On Letters to Strengthen Global Development for FY18

Crickett Nicovich, Senior Advisor for Global Policy and Government Affairs
March 10, 2017

Each year, efforts led by the U.S. save millions of lives from disease, ensure quality education for the poorest children, strengthen democratic values in fragile states, and build trading partners with emerging economies.

These efforts require resources. “Appropriation” is the act of setting aside money for a specific purpose. Every year the U.S. Congress directs federal funding, or “appropriates” resources for the fiscal year to various programs, including development programs supported by RESULTS.

Since the beginning of this year RESULTS has had its own First 100 Days Campaign with the central focus on getting face-to-face meetings with member of Congress. Key asks for those meetings have been to protect poverty-focused programs in International Affairs account and to make appropriations requests for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). Asking a member of Congress to support appropriations for poverty-focused global development is one of the most powerful requests you can make on the issues of global health and basic education this year. The annual appropriations process is a time to influence how we prioritize our funding for issues that provide care and access to services to the most vulnerable, and it is also an opportunity to get your members of Congress to raise their voices on this issue with their peers through congressional “sign-on” letters.

REMEMBER - A “sign-on” letter is circulated by members of Congress (like a petition) to get other members of Congress to sign on to show their support for an issue (also called a “Dear Colleague”). These letters can have a lot of sway with appropriators when a strong number of their colleagues are asking them to support a cause – especially if it shows bipartisan support!

Below are HOUSE letters to appropriators supporting 1) robust funding for Maternal and Child Health, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Nutrition 2) robust funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria 3) $450 million for bilateral Tuberculosis treatment and control, and 4) robust funding for International Basic Education and the Global Partnership for Education.

Also one SENATE letter is out asking for 1) robust funding for Maternal and Child Health, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Nutrition. Other Senate letters are expected in the next couple of weeks!

Check below and continue to check this blog as it will be updated to let you know who has signed on to the many letters circulating. You can also find a longer term Congressional Scorecard of actions your representatives and senators have taken over the past 6-7 years through 2016 on this page. You can also check out FY16 appropriations blog  and last year’s appropriations blog to see who signed previous letters. And pay attention! Each letter has a different deadline for your Member of Congress to sign on. 

Important Dates:

  • House deadline for signing onto the bilateral TB letter is March 23
  • House deadline for signing onto Global Fund and PEPFAR letter is March 24
  • House deadline for signing onto Global Partnership for Education letter is March 27
  • House deadline for signing onto MCH, Gavi, and Nutrition letter is March 28
  • Senate deadline for signing onto the MCH, Gavi, and Nutrition letter is April 5
  • House deadline for member requests to SFOPS committee is March 30
  • Senate deadline for member requests to SFOPS committee is NOT SET

House Letters

FY18 House Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Dear Colleague Letter:

  • Bipartisan letter led by Reps. Reichert (R-WA), Lee (D-CA), McCaul (R-TX), Ross (R-FL), and Bera (D-CA).
  • Asks appropriators for robust funding for Maternal and Child Health Account – including Gavi, and Robust funding for the Nutrition Account in Global Health at USAID.
  • Deadline for signers is March 28

Current Signers for HOUSE Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Letter - 85 signers: Dave Reichert (R-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Ami Bera (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Donald Beyer (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), David Cicilline (D-RI), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Susan Davis (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Diana DeGette (D-CO), John Delaney (D-MD), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Denny Heck (D-WA), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), William Keating (D-MA), Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), Daniel Kildee (D-MI), Ron Kind (D-WI), Rick Larsen (D-WA), John Larson (D-CT), Sander Levin (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Doris Matsui (D-CA), James McGovern (D-MA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Bobby Rush (D-IL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Robert Scott (D-VA), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Adam Smith (D-WA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Darren Soto (D-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Don Young (R-AK)

FY18 House Global Fund and PEPFAR Dear Colleague Letter:

  • Bipartisan letter led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
  • Asks for robust funding for the Global Fund and PEPFAR
  • Deadline for signers is March 27

Current Signers for HOUSE Global Fund and PEPFAR Letter – 118 signers: Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Nanette Barragan (D-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Donald Beyer (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Mike Bost (R-IL), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Robert Brady (D-PA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Danny Davis (D-IL), Susan Davis (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Diana DeGette (D-CO), John Delaney (D-MD), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Denny Heck (D-WA), Brian Higgins (D-NY), James Himes (D-CT), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), William Keating (D-MA), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), Daniel Kildee (D-MI), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Sander Levin (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Donald McEachin (D-VA), James McGovern (D-MA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), William Pascrell (D-NJ), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Scott Peters (D-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Gregorio Sablan (D-NMI), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), David Scott (D-GA), Robert Scott (D-VA), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Albio Sires (D-NJ),  Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Darren Soto (D-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Norma Torres (D-CA), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Don Young (R-AK)

FY18 House Global TB Dear Colleague Letter:

  • Bipartisan letter led by Reps. Engel (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Gene Green (D-TX)
  • Asks appropriators for $450 million for the bilateral tuberculosis program at USAID
  • Deadline for signers is March 27 (extended!)

Current Signers for HOUSE Bilateral Tuberculosis Letter – 52 signers: Eliot Engel (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Gene Green (D-TX), Donald Beyer (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Andre Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), David Cicilline (D-RI), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Danny Davis (D-IL), Pete DeFazio (D-OR), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Denny Heck (D-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), William Keating (D-MA), Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sander Levin (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), William Pascrell (D-NJ), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Adam Smith (D-WA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Norma Torres (D-CA), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

FY18 House Basic Education and Global Partnership for Education Dear Colleague Letter:

  • Bipartisan letter led by Reps. Reichert (R-WA) and Quigley (D-IL)
  • Asks appropriators for robust funding for Basic Education and the Global Partnership for Education
  • Deadline for signers is March 27

Current Signers for HOUSE Basic Education and Global Partnership for Education Letter – 57 signers: Dave Reichert (R-WA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brandon Boyle (D-PA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Joseph Courtney (D-CT), Susan Davis (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Diana DeGette (D-CO), John Delaney (D-MD), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Daniel Donovan (R-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MD), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Denny Heck (D-WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), William Keating (D-MA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Rick Larsen (D-WA), John Larson (D-CT), Sander Levin (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Donald McEachin (D-VA), James McGovern (D-MA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Adam Smith (D-WA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Tim Walz (D-MN)

Senate Letters

FY18 Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Dear Colleague Letter:

  • Bipartisan letter led by Sen. Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Coons (D-DE)
  • Asks appropriators for robust funding for maternal and child health, Gavi, and nutrition to support ending preventable maternal and child deaths
  • Deadline for signers is April 5

Any questions on appropriations? Email Crickett Nicovich or Leah Salama on RESULTS staff. 

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