It has truly been an exciting couple of weeks for Bread for the World and all those concerned with fighting hunger. Our goal of 100 Co-sponsors for the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act (H.R. 2139) has been reached! Thank you to all who wrote, called, or visited your representatives, it is through your efforts that this goal has been reached, and through which the movement in support of the poor and hungry continues unabated.
But your work is not done yet! While 100 was our goal, more co-sponsors means that more people all across the nation support these reforms. The larger the contingent of people supporting this bill becomes, the more likely it is that true reform happens. Furthermore, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) along with 4 other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have introduced a companion bill, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S. 1524), calling for an increase in USAID recruitment and the creation of various monitoring bodies. Not only does the introduction of this bill show the power of the citizen in setting the agenda, it also shows a willingness all around Congress to push for reform. Keep up the good work, keep the pressure on, and keep fighting to improve the lives of the poor and hungry all around the world.
(Sample letters for both the House and the Senate can be found here)
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