• March 28, 2011
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Congressional champions urge dedication of resources for strategy

Last November Africa-watchers across the country applauded President Obama’s release of the first-ever comprehensive US strategy to help stop the violence perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and assist affected communities in rebuilding.

Today, our champions in Congress stepped up to the plate to help implement the President’s strategy.  Recognizing the strategy is meaningless without a fiscal commitment to ensure it is put into action, these champions released letters to their colleagues on the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees for foreign affairs asking them to dedicate the necessary resources to ensure that the strategy becomes a reality and serves the purpose Congress intended.

“As you prepare the FY2012 Appropriations bill, we urge you to ensure the United States Government has sufficient resources to help end the atrocities committed by the LRA, protect innocent civilians, and stabilize a region of Africa that is critical to U.S. national security interests,” wrote Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Boozman (R-AR). Our long-time champion Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) also joined them on the letter today.

Similarly, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA3) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE1) wrote the leaders on the House appropriations subcommittee for foreign affairs, saying, “Resources invested in ending this conflict now will not only save innocent lives, but also reduce the need for expensive emergency humanitarian aid and promote stability in one of Africa’s most volatile regions.”

We are thankful to these champions and look forward to encouraging other Members of Congress to join in signing this letter (more coming soon on this).

— Paul

p.s. If you if live in a state or district represented by our Congressional champs, take a quick second to click on their names above and write a quick thank you!

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