Today, Friends led a coalition of 41 organizations in sending a letter to the Chair and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees for State and Foreign Operations. The letter thanks Senator Graham (R-SC), Senator Leahy (D-VT), Representative Lowey (D-NY) and Representative Rogers (R-KY) for their leadership in support of the Global Fund. The letter also expresses concern regarding a proposal in the President’s FY20 budget that seeks to reduce the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund from 33 percent to 25 percent and asks the Congressional leaders to ensure the match remains at 33 percent.
The letter states:
The dramatically reduced level of support and reduced U.S. share proposed by the Trump Administration would severely damage the confidence of other donors now considering their own pledges for the 6th Replenishment and reduce the leverage impact of U.S. funding.
Click here to read the full letter.