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- MFAN Praises House Passage of Foreign Relations Authorization Act
June 11, 2009 • MFAN applauds members of the House of Representatives for demonstrating their commitment to “smart power” foreign policy with yesterday’s passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2410), which will strengthen U.S. diplomacy and development capabilities and bring better balance to U.S. efforts to engage with the world.
- MFAN Praises House Foreign Affairs Committee for Passing State Department Authorization Bill
May 22, 2009 • Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and other bipartisan Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) deserve credit for passing H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which would provide funding for the State Department to carry out diplomacy and development programs…[and] we urge U.S. leaders to move forward with modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system.”
- MFAN Lauds Sen. Kerry's New Statements on Development and Foreign Assistance Reform
May 21, 2009 • MFAN strongly supports the Chairman’s pledge to introduce legislation that will begin the process of modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system in order to make sure these investments are more coordinated and transparent, as well as more effective at getting help to the people who need it most.
- Kerry Delivers Speech on 21st-century U.S. Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution
May 21, 2009 • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech today titled, “Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century,” on his vision to strengthen the civilian instruments of America’s foreign policy, including by modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system.
- MFAN Statement on Chairman Howard Berman's “Initiating Foreign Assistance Act of 2009” (H.R. 2139)
April 29, 2009 • Chairman Howard Berman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs has released the “Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009” (H.R. 2139) with support from Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL). The bill directs the President to create a national strategy for global development, a critical first step in modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance and development system.
- MFAN Applauds Passage of Kerry-Lugar Budget Amendment Restoring Critical International Affairs Funding
April 2, 2009 • The amendment’s sponsors, Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), the respective chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, deserve special recognition for their leadership. The amendment shows that they believe the United States must stay deeply engaged with the rest of the world, and we are particularly heartened that it allows for continued U.S. global development programs that alleviate poverty, fight disease, create opportunity, and foster sustainable security for people in poor countries.
- MFAN Co-Chairs Publish Op-Ed Urging the Obama Administration and Congress to Prioritize Global Development and Foreign Assistance Reform
March 17, 2009 • In a recent Huffington Post op-ed on MFAN’s open letter, network Co-Chairs Steve Radelet of Center for Global Development and David Beckmann of Bread for the World said: “We support President Obama's efforts to elevate development because the prosperity, health, and security of Americans are, now more than ever, inextricably linked to prosperity, health, and security of people in the developing world. We are urging foreign assistance reform because the economic and geopolitical realities of today, and the challenges of the future, demand that we use every dollar as effectively as possible to fight poverty and disease, increase prosperity, strengthen weak states, and further other U.S. strategic interests abroad. We hope that people all across the country and the world will join us by visiting the MFAN website and signing the letter themselves.”