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Congress Should Increase FY17 U.S. Funding For Global WASH, Education Programs

The Hill: Obama’s budget addresses extreme poverty, but Congress must do more
Judith Rowland, U.S. policy & advocacy manager at the Global Poverty Project

“…[W]hile [President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request] shows strong support for life-saving vaccines and polio eradication, it misses the mark on funding for clean water, sanitation, and global education, which are essential to ending extreme poverty. Over the coming months, Congress should stand for the world’s poorest by approving Obama’s budget requests for vaccine and polio investment and increasing U.S. contributions to programs expanding access to clean water, safe sanitation, and education for all. … [T]he fate of these vital programs will fall in the hands of the House and the Senate, and it’s essential that Democrats and Republicans show unity on issues of extreme poverty. Interventions like vaccines, global education, and improved water and sanitation have demonstrated huge impacts in helping vulnerable people overcome the cycle of extreme poverty…” (2/16).

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