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House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes State Department Authorization Bill

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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May 22, 2009 (Washington, D.C.)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing ForeignAssistance Network (MFAN) by MFAN Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram:

Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and other bipartisan Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) deserve credit for passing H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which would provide funding for the State Department to carry out diplomacy and development programs. These programs are critical components of a successful, 21st-century U.S. foreign policy and our national security approach. We urge the full House to pass the bill when it comes to the floor in coming weeks.

MFAN is particularly pleased that H.R. 2410 includes strong resources for development promoting foreign assistance programs that fight poverty and disease, create economic opportunity, and highlight American values in poor countries. Additional action is needed to make sure that these resources are used more strategically and efficiently.

To this end, we urge U.S. leaders to move forward with modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system by supporting the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 2139), which was introduced by Chairman Berman and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL). The bill calls on the Obama Administration to create America’s first-ever National Strategy for Global Development (NSGD), which would ensure that U.S. development efforts are better coordinated, monitored, and accounted for across the U.S. government. Just as importantly, the NSGD would make sure development efforts are better integrated into, and supportive of, our National Security Strategy.

We call on Congress to support these efforts because they will save more lives by making sure taxpayer backed foreign assistance is getting directly to people who need help most.

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Senator Kerry Makes Public Commitment to Elevating Development and Reforming Foreign

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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May 21, 2009 (Washington, D.C.)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by MFAN Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram:

In an important speech today at the Brookings Institution, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) outlined a bold and comprehensive vision for a stronger, more effective U.S. foreign policy, saying: “If we are to rise to meet…new challenges, this much is clear: Development and diplomacy must retake their rightful place alongside defense at the heart of America’s foreign policy.”

MFAN shares Chairman Kerry’s belief that U.S. non-military foreign assistance programs that alleviate poverty, fight disease, and create opportunities in the developing world are both investments in the U.S. national interest and critical expressions of American values. We also strongly support the Chairman’s pledge to introduce legislation that will begin the process of modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system in order to make sure these investments are more coordinated and transparent, as well as more effective at getting help to the people who need it most. MFAN thanks Senator Kerry for his leadership on elevating global development issues, and we look forward to offering him support as he takes on these crucial tasks.


Passage of Kerry-Lugar Amendment Restores Critical International Affairs Funding to Budget Resolution

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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April 2, 2009 (WASHINGTON)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by MFAN Co-Chairs Steve Radelet and David Beckmann:

MFAN applauds the Senate’s unanimous passage of the “Kerry-Lugar amendment” to the FY10 budget resolution, which restored $4 billion to the International Affairs account and maintained the level of funding that was originally requested by President Obama. 

The amendment’s sponsors, Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), the respective chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, deserve special recognition for their leadership.  The amendment shows that they believe the United States must stay deeply engaged with the rest of the world, and we are particularly heartened that it allows for continued U.S. global development programs that alleviate poverty, fight disease, create opportunity, and foster sustainable security for people in poor countries. 

We stand ready to support Senators Kerry and Lugar as they work to keep America engaged in the world and make sure our international affairs investments are made as strategically and effectively as possible.  One of the best ways to do this will be modernizing the outdated U.S. foreign assistance system.  As Senator Kerry said recently, “we must…[initiate] a foreign aid reform process that will make our interventions more effective and efficient.”

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