While Congress is focused now on working with the Administration to address our country’s economic challenges, Congress also must craft appropriations for government programs for Fiscal Year 2010.
The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a hearing on funding priorities for international assistance. Cynthia McCaffrey, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Senior Vice President for Program and Strategic Partnerships, appeared before the Subcommittee to request increased appropriations for UNICEF’s work to save children’s lives.
It’s now six weeks since the government of Sudan suspended 16 humanitarian organizations that had been providing essential aid for scores of vulnerable people in Darfur and other parts of the country. The crisis in Sudan may have fallen out of the headlines, but that does not mean the situation has improved. In fact, it is getting worse