The U.S. Governmentâ€™s annual contribution to UNICEF plays a critical role in our efforts to get to zeroâ€”no child dying from a cause we can prevent.Â Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees now have made their recommendations to preserve the appropriations for UNICEF for Fiscal Year 2013 at the current level of $132 million. Although both committees cut overall funding for foreign assistance, they worked to maintain the support of the U.S. Government for UNICEFâ€™s life-saving work.
So what happens next? With both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees finishing their bills, the next step would be for each chamber to vote on its bill. At this time, it is not clear when either the full House or Senate might schedule action. Nevertheless, UNICEFâ€™s supporters need to continue to remind their Senators and Representatives that we need their help to secure this funding as it moves through the legislative process.Â
Please take a moment to send e-mail messages to your legislators to let them know that you support $132 million for UNICEF and that you want to make saving children a foreign policy priority!
With your help, we can enlist the help of Congress to get to zero!