In reaction to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passage of the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill today, Linda Delgado, Oxfam America’s Director of Government Affairs, made the following statement:
“By investing in poverty-fighting assistance, including funding for programs that combat violence against women and girls and help communities prepare for and cope with climate related disasters, this bill sends positive signal about the US role in the world and must be passed.
“Given current events, we applaud the Committee for protecting funding to address the root causes of migration from Central America, including funding for gender-based violence programs. Violence against women and girls is a significant driver of forced migration from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
“We thank the members and staff of the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee for their leadership and unwavering commitment to support funding that helps people facing the indignity of poverty and injustice around the world, especially Chair Nita Lowey and Ranking Members Kay Granger, and Hal Rogers. We urge all Members of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of these investments when the bill comes to the Floor, and for the Senate to follow suit.”