WHY YOU ARE RECEIVING THIS ALERT: The House International Relations Committee (HIRC) has reported to the full House legislation, H.R. 2441, the Millennium Challenge Account Authorization and Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2003, which authorizes establishment of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).
Members of the House Appropriations Committee, who decide on U.S. government spending, have indicated they will not appropriate the needed money unless the MCA authorizing bill has been enacted. Therefore, H.R. 2441 must reach the full House for a debate and vote. It is especially critical that as many members of the House of Representatives show their support for consideration by co-sponsoring H.R. 2441.
BACKGROUND: As envisioned, the MCA would increase U.S. international development assistance by 50 percent over current spending levels. The MCA would also impose strict eligibility standards for this new money, requiring countries to demonstrate good governance, investment in people and economic freedom.
Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcome this new initiative to increase U.S. foreign assistance over existing levels and applaud the House International Relations Committees for crafting authorizing legislation. To ensure passage of this legislation and its full funding as part of the current appropriations process for FY 04, House members are encouraged to demonstrate support for H.R. 2441 by co-sponsoring this important bill.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Please call your Representative today and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 2441, the Millennium Challenge Account Authorization and Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2003.
FOLLOW UP REQUESTED: Please let us know about your advocacy efforts. If you contacted your Representative, please fill out this on-line form: http://www.catholicrelief.org/get_involved/advocacy/30606_1.cfm or call Tina Rodousakis/CRS, 1-800-235-2772 x 7462 or email Trodousa@catholicrelief.org.
For more information contact:
Tina Rodousakis, CRS/Legislative Network Specialist, 1-800-235-2772 x 7462, Trodousa@catholicrelief.org
Kathy Brown, CRS/Community Engagement Director, 1-800-235-2772 x 7232, Kbrown@catholicrelief.org
Kelly Hicks, Policy Advisor, USCCB/SWDP, 202-541-3153, email@example.com
Current Co-Sponsors of H.R. 2441
If your Member is among the current co-sponsors listed here, there is no need to contact them but you may call to thank them for their leadership on this critical issue.
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL, 6th)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY, 7th)
Rep. Mark Green (R-WI, 8th)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA, 44th)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA, 29th)
Rep. William Janklow (R-SD, At Large)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY, 4th)
Rep. Doug Bereuter (R-NE, 1st)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA, 38th)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL, 19th)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th)
Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL, 13th)
Rep. John Larson (D-CT, 1st)
Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL, 18th)
Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA, 12th)
Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA, 19th)