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Organizations Release Statements On Passage Of SFOPs FY19 Appropriations

IDSA: Spending Bill Recognizes Crucial Global Health Goals
“The 2019 spending bill passed by the House and Senate Thursday that the President [signed] reflects a meaningful commitment to moving our country forward and to continued U.S. leadership of the fight against the world’s most devastating infectious disease killers. The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association advocated strongly for, and applaud, these decisive steps…” (2/15).

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network: Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill
In a statement delivered on behalf of MFAN on the passage of the FY2019 spending bill, Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin write, “The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that Congress has overcome gridlock to pass the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY19 appropriations that rejects the Trump administration’s proposed massive cuts and includes multiple aid effectiveness provisions. … However, budget delays and uncertainty harm development effectiveness. U.S. assistance programs are most effective when they are carefully planned, budgeted for, and funded. MFAN urges Congress and the administration act on appropriations for these critical American programs without delays in the FY20 funding cycle and beyond” (2/19).

Save the Children: Congress Reaffirms Importance of Foreign Aid
“Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauded Congress for its reaffirmation of U.S. leadership on poverty-focused development, global health, and humanitarian relief accounts in the final fiscal year 2019 omnibus bill that the president signed … For the second fiscal year in a row, Congress rejected the deep, disproportionate cuts to life-saving programs proposed by the administration. This is an important step toward ensuring that all children across the globe, no matter where they live and no matter their ethnicity, race, or gender have the opportunity to survive and thrive in some of the world’s most challenging places…” (2/15).