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Congressional Subcommittee Maintains Humanitarian Aid Funding for 2015

June 18, 2014 by

CRS Applauds Congressional Subcommittees’ response to humanitarian crises;
Senate funding to address root causes of unaccompanied children arriving to US

WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2014 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is pleased that the House Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations maintained funding for lifesaving and life changing humanitarian work around the world for FY 2015. Early indications suggest that the Senate will also protect humanitarian funds.

“Despite the tight fiscal climate, the House and Senate have legislated with creativity and courage to respond to emergencies across the globe, from Syria and Iraq to Central African Republic and Sudan; from Ukraine to Central America,” said Bill O’Keefe, Vice President of Government Relations at Catholic Relief Services. “Catholic Relief Services applauds this creativity to ensure that the US government has funding to lead global responses.”

O’Keefe pointed out that this funding is especially important in light of the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.

“The Senate has made a financial commitment to the long-term solution of this crisis: addressing root causes of economic and social instability in Central America,” O’Keefe said. “CRS has called for such investments based on its successful programs in Central America to support education and economic development. Vocational training for at-risk youth and rural revitalization to help stimulate local economies are part of the solution to youth flight.”

O’Keefe also appreciated the work of both committees to provide some flexibility for peacekeeping funding.

“Until Congress restores the use of supplemental spending bills, this kind of flexibility is critical to ensure that the United States continues to provide global leadership in meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable,” he said.

“CRS commits to continuing engagement throughout the Capitol on both sides of the aisle to support humanitarian response, peacekeeping programs, global health programs that save lives, and development programs which help prevent humanitarian crises,” O’Keefe said.

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About Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency eases suffering and provides assistance to people in need in 93 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. For more information, visit www.crs.org or  www.crsespanol.org and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media: Facebook, Twitter at @CatholicRelief and @CRSnews, Google+Pinterest and YouTube.

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