In a letter to Chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, more than 55 U.S.-based NGOs urged Congress to “provide robust funding to address the compounding effects of the conflict in Ukraine and other stressors.” The Sept. 6 appeal from members of InterAction underscores the imperative for the FY 2024 federal budget to maintain America’s global leadership and financial commitments to allies worldwide. They specifically underscore the compounding effects of the conflict in Ukraine, noting that, “We are grateful for the supplemental resources Congress has provided since the start of the conflict, but global needs are far outpacing existing funding resources.”
With drastic cuts to UN funding reflected in the present version of the House appropriations bill, the group is appealing to Congress to pass spending legislation that maintains the current FY 2023 funding levels for international assistance programs. Writing on the urgency of continued funding, they say, “Events in Ukraine continue to have an outsized impact on global food security and the ability to respond robustly to nearly every crisis globally. The crisis has caused significant disruptions to grain production and shipments that feed the world, as well as essential fertilizers for farmers across the globe.”
InterAction writes, “We encourage Congress to enact robust supplemental funding for global humanitarian, food security, and resilience programs to save lives, advance U.S. global leadership, and strengthen security and prosperity here at home and around the world.”
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based NGOs — including the Better World Campaign — advocating for U.S. humanitarian, health, development, and democracy programs.
Read full text of the letter at InterAction.