Maryamu Aminu

Maryamu is the Assistant Director for the U.S. Government Relations and is located in Washington, DC.

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Welcome to a new term, and a new Congress

Welcome to a new term, and a new Congress

President Barack Obama second Inauguration speech, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama takes the oath of office (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Barack Obama, surrounded by Congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Charles......
US lays the foundation for global standard on extractives transparency

US lays the foundation for global standard on extractives transparency

Life carries on outside of a major gold mine in Ghana. Photo credit: Olivier Blaise/ PWYP On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally voted to adopt the final rules implementing the Cardin-Lugar extractives transparency provision or Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The law passed in July 2010 and the......
Lobby Day: We’re going in 150 strong for the 150 Account

Lobby Day: We’re going in 150 strong for the 150 Account

Tuesday is going to be an exciting day at ONE. On April 17, a diverse array of 150 ONE members from the college, faith, medical and retired military, homemaker, and volunteer communities from across the country are going to be on Capitol Hill. They will be taking your collective messages to members of Congress, asking…...
A life-saving legacy: ONE remembers Congressman Donald Payne, 1934-2012

A life-saving legacy: ONE remembers Congressman Donald Payne, 1934-2012

Photo credit: Noelle LuSane. Today Africa lost a faithful champion, and ONE lost a true friend in the fight against extreme poverty. In the early hours of the morning, Congressman Donald Milford Payne (NJ-10), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), lo......
2011 Highlights: Tying a bow around the FY2012 budget

2011 Highlights: Tying a bow around the FY2012 budget

Each day this week, we’ll highlight a major accomplishment in the fight against poverty that ONE members helped achieve in 2011. Today, ONE’s Assistant Director of ONE’s Government Relations Team Maryamu Aminu discusses our impact on the US FY2012 budget. Did the year fly by for you? If you measure by our wo......
Why are Nigerians so darn happy?

Why are Nigerians so darn happy?

Once again, Nigerians have been ranked the happiest, most optimistic and most hopeful in the world. As one of many Nigerians dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country, it’s easy to disagree, especially given how the country and its people are portrayed in the media. Nigerians have spent the majority of our&h......

BREAKING: Victory for Transparency!!

Big, big news: The Cardin-Lugar Transparency amendment just passed in the Senate! Late in May, ONE put out an urgent call to all our members to call their Senators and urge them to vote in favor of including the Cardin-Lugar Transparency amendment to the Senate Financial Regulation bill. Our members generated more than 1,000 ......

Transparency victory delayed but not denied

Late in May, ONE put out an urgent call to all our members to call their Senators and urge them to vote in favor of including the Cardin-Lugar Transparency amendment to the Senate Financial Regulation bill. Our members generated over 1,000 calls to the senate and helped secure enough support for its sponsors Senator Ben&helli......

Where things stand with the FY11 Budget Process

Last month, we asked ONE members to petition their Senators to sign a bi-partisan letter to Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking-Member Judd Gregg (R-NH) of the Senate Budget Committee. This letter urged them to fully fund the administration’s request of $58.5 billion for international affairs (also known as the 150 acco......

In the Home-Stretch of the Budget Process

As we approach the homestretch of the budget process for fiscal year 2011, we remind ourselves that we are fighting for funding increases for effective aid programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; put millions more children in school; save the lives of millions of mothers and young children; provide millions more wit......

Bipartisan Support in Senate for Obama’s International Affairs Budget

Great news! In the middle of partisan divisions and debate about budget deficits and domestic issues, a group of Senate champions are circulating a bipartisan letter in support of the 150 account that is currently making its way around the U.S. Senate. The letter asks Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking-Senator Judd Gregg......

Berman Makes the Case for Development as National Security

In the midst of ONE members’ activism to preserve President Obama’s FY2011 request of $58.5 billion for International Affairs, Representative Howard Berman (CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, recently addressed an audience at the Center for American Progress on the topic of sustainable Security. In a......

Debt Relief for Haiti is a Bi-Partisan Victory!

On Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed Rep. Maxine Waters’ bill, (H.R. 4573)- the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti Act. It passed under what is known as ‘a suspended rule’ meaning that it is not considered controversial, so the vast majority of the House Members voted for it. This legislat......

It’s Unanimous! Senate Votes to Help Haiti

On Friday the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, the Haiti Recovery Act (S.2961), introduced by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN). The bill addresses the long-term needs that are critical to Haiti’s recovery, particularly its governance and public infrastructure. The bill does 2 specific things: 1) ......