Development Assistance for 2008

Thu, 11/01/2007

Both the House and Senate international appropriations bills include an increase for poverty-focused development assistance. The House bill would make available an additional $1.9 billion over FY2007 and the Senate bill an additional $1.35 billion. Bread for the World is urging Congress to finalize a spending bill that, at a minimum, includes the $1.9 billion increase in poverty-focused development assistance approved by the House. This additional funding will enable the U.S. to honor its commitments to developing countries, such as doing our share to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We are particularly concerned about two accounts funded at higher levels by the House than by the Senate: Development Assistance and the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). Both are focused on long-term anti-poverty initiatives, which are vital to ending hunger in poor countries. ACTION: The U.S. is not on track to keep its commitments made to the world’s poorest people. The U.S. needs to provide significantly more resources for poverty-focused development assistance. Long-term development deserves increased attention. Therefore, we URGE Congress to do everything possible to ensure that the U.S. honors its commitments to hungry and poor people around the world by approving, at a minimum, a $1.9 billion increase in poverty-focused development assistance. Senator Mary Landrieu is a member of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. Contact Senator Landrieu (504.589.2427 / 202.224.5824) and urge her support an increase of $1.9 billion in Development Assistance for 2008.