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

MFAN Co-Chairs Call for Transparency and Evidence in Review of Aid to Central America


June 24, 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 a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo expressing concern over the recent State Department announcement regarding U.S. assistance to El … Continue reading MFAN Co-Chairs Call for Transparency and Evidence in Review of Aid to Central America

MFAN Applauds Senate Confirmation of Sean Cairncross as CEO for the Millennium Challenge Corporation


June 18, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network applauds the Senate for confirming Sean Cairncross as Chief Executive Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), following more than two years of … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Senate Confirmation of Sean Cairncross as CEO for the Millennium Challenge Corporation

House Appropriators Defend International Affairs Budget with Room for Improvement on Aid Effectiveness


May 16, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has crafted a State and Foreign Operations budget that rejects the Trump … Continue reading House Appropriators Defend International Affairs Budget with Room for Improvement on Aid Effectiveness

MFAN Applauds Senate Action on Leadership for the Millennium Challenge Corporation


May 2, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network applauds the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its bipartisan approval today of Sean Cairncross, nominated for Chief Executive Officer at the Millennium Challenge … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Senate Action on Leadership for the Millennium Challenge Corporation

President Trump’s Attempt to Block Aid to Central America Reflects Ineffective Use of American Resources, Influence


April 2, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is concerned by President Donald Trump’s decision to block aid to three Central American countries. U.S. foreign assistance is a tool that advances American … Continue reading President Trump’s Attempt to Block Aid to Central America Reflects Ineffective Use of American Resources, Influence

Plan for New U.S. Development Finance Corporation Includes Strong Role for Development


March 14, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that the Trump Administration’s plan for the new Development Finance Corporation prioritizes linkages with USAID, a strong Chief Development Officer role, … Continue reading Plan for New U.S. Development Finance Corporation Includes Strong Role for Development

Trump Administration Again Slashes Resources for Effective Development and Diplomacy


March 12, 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. MFAN is alarmed for the third consecutive year by the Trump administration’s massive proposed cuts to the U.S. foreign affairs budget. Yesterday, the President released his budget request to … Continue reading Trump Administration Again Slashes Resources for Effective Development and Diplomacy

Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill


February 19, 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. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that Congress has overcome gridlock to pass the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY19 appropriations that rejects the Trump administration’s proposed … Continue reading Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill