REQUEST: Letters of Support to Joint Select Committee

Last week, 129 NGOs—including MFAN—signed an open letter to Congress to oppose disproportionate cuts to the International Affairs budget.

Click here to see the open letter that ran in Roll Call.

Now, Senator Patty Murray, co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, has requested that organizations who signed onto the letter submit a separate letter from their individual organization in support of the International Affairs budget. Once collected, Sen. Murray will submit these letters to the official record during the committee’s deliberations.

Sen. Murray is asking for individual letters so that she can show a high level of support for the international affairs accounts.  Even if your organization did not sign on to original letter, please feel free to submit a letter that suits your organization. The more letters, the more impact the message will have.

For those organizations interested, the deadline for committee members to submit materials to the record is Friday, October 14th. In order to accommodate this deadline and to allow staff time to process the letters please have your letter submitted to the office as soon as possible.

Please send your individual letter (on letterhead) electronically to Lauren Overman,

Note: The letter should be in support of international affairs funding, but it is fine to talk about specific areas where your organization has a focus. For your reference, the coalition letter sent to the Joint Select Committee is attached and a letter template by USGLC can be found here.

Lastly, Bread is hosting another strategy session on International Affairs Funding and the Joint Select Committee this Friday, September 30 from 2-3:30PM. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Traci Carlson at


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