A lot of ONE members have been asking us about the government shutdown and what it means to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease.
Great questions, but the answers are not clear.
The current debate in Washington is over how to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014, which started on October 1st. The House and the Senate have not agreed on a budget yet, and the shutdown is partially due to this dispute.
There’s also a dispute over funding the President’s health care law. It is a very fluid situation – and it’s unclear how (or when) this will be resolved.
With respect to ONE’s priorities, currently things are in okay shape. The shutdown will likely have no short term effects on aid.
However, if it goes on too long, our priorities could face challenges, and progress we are making against extreme poverty and preventable disease could be at risk.
We’re following the situation closely, and making sure Congress knows that they need to protect life-saving programs. Your work here has been critical – because of your emails, letters, visits, members of Congress know that you are paying attention, and that you care. Keep up the good work, and we’ll let you know as things develop.