Foreign Aid Advocates, Lawmakers Advocate For U.S. Congress To Allocate More Funding To International COVID-19 Response Efforts

Devex: What the U.S. Congress might do next in funding global COVID-19 response
“The U.S. Senate is expected to begin discussions on the next COVID-19 supplemental funding bill next week, and global health and development advocates are pushing for lawmakers to include billions of dollars for the global response. … Thus far, only about 0.1% of total U.S. COVID-19 funding has gone to the global response and the ‘U.S. can and should do more,’ said Porter Delaney, founding partner of the Kyle House Group consulting firm, at a press conference Monday…” (Saldinger, 7/15).

Roll Call: Support grows for foreign aid in upcoming COVID-19 emergency bill
“…Foreign aid advocates — frustrated at the relative absence of international assistance in previous supplemental coronavirus spending measures — are mounting a full-force effort to ensure this next emergency appropriations bill includes billions of dollars for international vaccine efforts and humanitarian support to cope with the nutrition, health, and social welfare consequences of the global pandemic. The effort includes top United Nations officials and dozens of Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who have been speaking out and signing bipartisan letters to Senate and House leadership calling for them to support significant foreign aid levels in the upcoming bill…” (Oswald, 7/14).