February 2009: Making foreign aid appropriations requests to Congress

The new national intelligence director recently stated that the world financial crisis is a greater threat to our national security than terrorism. And the World Bank estimates that the financial crisis has pushed at least 100 million people back into poverty. Now is the time for the U.S. to step up its foreign assistance to reduce the growing risk of instability in poor nations, and to prevent world’s most vulnerable from falling off the edge of existence.

  • On behalf of citizens who care about national security and the world’s poorest, I ask that you make the following requests of appropriators for fiscal year 2010:
  • For global health, please include $2.7 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and $650 million for bilateral efforts to control tuberculosis.
  • For microfinance, please include $500 million, with at least half benefiting the very poor as directed by current law.
  • For basic education, please include $2 billion in assistance and direct at least $1 billion of this funding to countries with Fast Track Initiative national education plans.

I can provide you with more information and a draft letter. Will you make these requests?