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Letter to the House in Support of Funding For the International Affairs Budget

July 08, 2009

Dear Representative:


On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge you to support the full $48.8 billion FY10 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (H.R. 3081) and oppose any amendments to cut this funding.  These critical funds represent the largest component of the International Affairs Budget.

NEA believes that the International Affairs Budget is critical in helping the United States meet the enormous challenges of the 21st century.  In particular, we believe it is essential to ensure sufficient funding for educational projects around the world.  In places like Pakistan, such funding helps ensure that girls have access to a quality education and that sufficient teachers are trained to staff the increase in primary and secondary enrollments.

The International Affairs Budget also ensures that we can make crucial interventions in areas where basic services such as education are being decimated.  Our engagement in providing education funding helps the United States keep pace with the giving of other industrialized nations with funds that are a lifeline for education systems in developing nations.  With education funding, the United States makes an investment in the future economic stability of these nations. 

Given these urgent needs, we urge the House to pass the full $48.8 billion FY 2010 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill and oppose any efforts to cut this funding. 

We thank you for your consideration of our views on these important issues.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy