MFAN Welcomes Representative Barbara Lee as New Chair of House SFOPs


January 26, 2021 (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 (MFAN) welcomes Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) as the new Chairwoman of the powerful House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs). … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Representative Barbara Lee as New Chair of House SFOPs

MFAN Calls on President-Elect Biden to Withdraw Trump Rescissions Request


January 19, 2021 (WASHINGTON) — This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels and Tessie San Martin. As one of his first acts in office, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) calls on President-elect Biden to withdraw the Trump administration’s last-minute rescissions package canceling $27.4 … Continue reading MFAN Calls on President-Elect Biden to Withdraw Trump Rescissions Request

MFAN Welcomes the Nomination of Ambassador Samantha Power as USAID Administrator


January 13, 2021 (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 (MFAN) commends President-Elect Biden for the nomination of Ambassador Samantha Power to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes the Nomination of Ambassador Samantha Power as USAID Administrator

MFAN Publishes Recommendations for a New Presidential Administration


November 18, 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. Today, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network released foreign aid policy recommendations for the new presidential administration. The recommendations cover early actions that the new administration should consider immediately, including … Continue reading MFAN Publishes Recommendations for a New Presidential Administration

MFAN Applauds Release of FY21 Senate SFOPS Bill


November 10, 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. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill. This bill is a significant new investment in American foreign assistance, … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Release of FY21 Senate SFOPS Bill

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