A Message for the One Campaign
ONE was created for days like today. Representatives in the House are working across party lines to offer two last-minute amendments to add an additional $350 million in poverty assistance for safe drinking water, food rations for the refugees in Darfur, and funding for the fight against global AIDS. Your voice can make the difference.
- The Obey-Hyde-Lantos amendment for $100 million to help Darfur and fight AIDS
- The Leach-Blumenauer amendment for $250 million for safe drinking water
Critical shortages in funding for humanitarian assistance in Darfur have forced us to cut back food rations for refugees. The Obey-Hyde-Lantos amendment addresses this by providing $50 million in aid to International Disaster and Famine Assistance. It also provides $50 million to combat global AIDS - which could translate into 20,000 people receiving life-saving medicine. The Blumenauer-Leach amendment provides funds for safe drinking water and other vital programs to fight poverty around the world. Every 15 seconds a child dies of water-related diseases, because of a lack of access to this safe drinking water.
Mobilizing thousands of Americans at the click of a button on last-minute amendments is one of our greatest strengths. Just a few weeks ago, you sent over 200,000 letters to the Senate asking them to protect the President's request for life-saving assistance. Thanks in part to your quick response, a majority of the Senate signed on to this letter, an incredible feat, but, only the beginning. Today, we have another important opportunity to weigh-in on this fight as our Representatives in the House make these crucial funding decisions.
Paul Dioguardi, ONE Campaign