Despite the challenges of an election year, the U.S. Congress is directing its attention to the Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on October 1. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are working on the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations, the bill that provides the U.S. Government’s contribution to UNICEF, as well as funding for child survival and maternal health programs.
Caryl M. Stern, the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, came to Washington to seek Congressional support for UNICEF and child survival funding that will keep more children from dying deaths we can prevent. Her message to legislators and their staffs was for Congress to preserve these programs from spending cuts that are being considered. UNICEF supporters understand the difficult budget climate, but are fighting to make children a foreign policy priority. A child in need knows no politics! The U.S. Government’s contribution to UNICEF helps the United States – and the American people – to save children who would die without our assistance. Please take a stand for children by asking your Senators and Representative to maintain the funding for UNICEF at $132 million for Fiscal 2013. With your action, you can help UNICEF help more children!
Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, in Washington with Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), a consistent supporter of UNICEF and global children’s programs.