Putting some wind at the back of ONE members who have been lobbying their senators to oppose cuts that will cost lives, our cofounder Bono was in DC this week. He met with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle about the importance of preserving smart, effective programs that are delivering major results in the fight against extreme poverty, AIDS and malaria. Heading to the Hill, he met with Rep. Kay Granger, as well as a number of Republican senators organized by Senator Mike Johanns and a number of Democratic senators organized by Sen. Chris Coons, before stopping at the White House to meet with several senior staff working on the budget.
At ONE, we know that Congress is faced with making difficult choices on the budget, but effective American programs are saving millions of lives and putting tens of millions of children in school — all for less than 1 percent of the federal budget. The House budget cut several key programs that are delivering AIDS and malaria medicine to people who desperately need it and would help poor farmers grow more food for their families and communities. ONE is urging the Senate to avoid similar cuts and hopes to work with both parties to ensure these effective programs – which represent just a tiny fraction of the overall budget – get the funding they need.