MFAN Applauds House Appropriations Committee Passage of FY21 SFOPS Bill


July 13, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill. This bill is a significant new investment in American foreign … Continue reading MFAN Applauds House Appropriations Committee Passage of FY21 SFOPS Bill

MFAN Urges Trump Administration to Reverse Course on World Health Organization Withdrawal


June 8, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance is deeply concerned about the proposed withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO) and we urge the Trump administration to reverse … Continue reading MFAN Urges Trump Administration to Reverse Course on World Health Organization Withdrawal

MFAN Hails Reinstatement of U.S. Assistance to Central America, but Joins Call for Study on Lost Resources and Impact


April 23, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network was pleased to see the State Department’s recent decision to partially resume foreign assistance funding to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, following more than … Continue reading MFAN Hails Reinstatement of U.S. Assistance to Central America, but Joins Call for Study on Lost Resources and Impact

MFAN Expresses Thanks – and Desire to Carry On Reforms – Following Mark Green Departure Announcement


March 17, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced his departure following two and a half years in the role. Green has led USAID’s Transformation process and spearheaded … Continue reading MFAN Expresses Thanks – and Desire to Carry On Reforms – Following Mark Green Departure Announcement

Trump Administration Budget Request Undermines the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Assistance


February 11, 2020 (WASHINGTON) This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Yesterday, the White House released the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget includes a reduction of 22 percent to the foreign affairs budget, a drastic cut which is unlikely to be approved by Congress but which … Continue reading Trump Administration Budget Request Undermines the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Assistance

MFAN Applauds Congress for Final Foreign Affairs Spending Bill


December 18, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. This week, Congress released its final State and Foreign Operations budget bill. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network thanks Congress for rejecting the Trump administration’s overall blunt and drastic cuts … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Congress for Final Foreign Affairs Spending Bill

MFAN Announces Larry Nowels to be Co-Chair, Two New Executive Committee Members


October 9, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased to announce that Larry Nowels will be continuing his close involvement with the coalition as Co-Chair of the Executive Committee. Mr. Nowels recently … Continue reading MFAN Announces Larry Nowels to be Co-Chair, Two New Executive Committee Members

MFAN Thanks George Ingram for Years of Dedication and Expertise


October 3, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network would like to thank outgoing Co-Chair George Ingram for nearly ten years of MFAN leadership and his steadfast commitment to American leadership in global development. … Continue reading MFAN Thanks George Ingram for Years of Dedication and Expertise

Senate Broadly Defends Foreign Aid in FY20 Budget Bill


September 20, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. This week, the Senate released its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for State and Foreign Operations. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) supports several provisions included in the bill … Continue reading Senate Broadly Defends Foreign Aid in FY20 Budget Bill

MFAN Urges Administration Officials to Resist Threat of Foreign Aid Rescissions


August 9, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. Today, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network Co-Chairs sent letters to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and USAID Administrator Mark Green expressing concern over the Office of Management and Budget’s … Continue reading MFAN Urges Administration Officials to Resist Threat of Foreign Aid Rescissions