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April 10, 2008

The Honorable Robert Byrd The Honorable Thad Cochran
The Honorable David Obey The Honorable Jerry Lewis
The Honorable Patrick Leahy The Honorable Judd Gregg
The Honorable Nita Lowey The Honorable Frank Wolf

Dear Chairman Byrd, Ranking Member Cochran, Chairman Obey,
Ranking Member Lewis, Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Gregg,
Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Wolf:

As you move forward with work on the FY2008 War Supplemental, we,
the undersigned members of InterAction and Refugee Council USA, write
to urge the provision of timely and adequate supplemental funding for
humanitarian purposes. Many of us work on the front lines responding to
natural and man-made crises around the world, and we see first-hand the
urgent need for life saving assistance.

We thank you for your leadership in fighting for the international affairs
account over the years, and in particular, for your support for our nation’s
humanitarian and development work. We remain deeply concerned,
however, that current FY08 funding levels for humanitarian accounts
remain inadequate to meet critical needs. We urge you to take action now
to restore adequate funding levels to humanitarian accounts and ensure
that new needs in ongoing and emerging crises are addressed.

As detailed in the enclosed paper, the need for additional funding is
dire. Agencies are struggling to address deteriorating conditions in
flashpoints such as Chad, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of
Congo, Sri Lanka and Burma and the shortfall in FY08 will soon result
in deep cuts to humanitarian programs. The impact of these cuts is
compounded by the dramatic rise in commodity prices, which will
dramatically curtail the US’ ability to respond with food aid to
vulnerable people affected by conflict, natural disaster and poverty.

The massive Iraqi displacement crisis is also of great concern, and we call
on the US to lead the international community in developing a
comprehensive response strategy that matches the gravity, scope and
complexity of the crisis through increased bilateral and humanitarian
assistance.
Congress has traditionally taken a strong position in support of
humanitarian assistance programs and we hope you will again provide
timely supplemental humanitarian funding to meet pressing needs and
ensure that life-saving programs are not interrupted or scaled back because
of a lack of funds.

We thank you for your strong support for programs that assist the most
vulnerable, and look forward to working with you to ensure our
government's continued leadership in meeting the needs of innocent
civilians coping with natural disasters and conflict worldwide.

Sincerely,

1. Africare

2. Aid to Artisans

3. AirServ

4. American Jewish World Service

5. America’s Development Foundation
6. American Friends Service Committee

7. American Red Cross International Services

8. American Refugee Committee**

9. AMREF USA

10. Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

11. CARE

12. Catholic Relief Services
13. Chaldean Federation of America

14. Christian Children's Fund (CCF)

15. Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

16. Center for Victims of Torture*

17. Children International

18. Church World Service**

19. Concern America
20. Concern Worldwide US

21. Congressional Hunger Center

22. Counterpart International

23. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC-US)

24. Episcopal Migration Ministry*

25. Episcopal Relief and Development

26. Ethiopian Community Development Council**
27. Food for the Hungry

28. Freedom from Hunger

29. Friends of the World Food Program

30. Global Health Council

31. Global Links

32. Habitat for Humanity

33. Heart to Heart International

34. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society**

35. Heifer International
36. Helen Keller International

37. International Medical Corps

38. INMED Partnerships for Children

39. Institute for Sustainable Communities

40. International Reading Association

41. International Relief and Development, Inc.

42. International Relief Teams
43. International Rescue Committee**

44. International Youth Foundation

45. Jesuit Refugee Service USA**

46. Kurdish Human Rights Watch*

47. Life for Relief and Development

48. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service*

49. Lutheran World Relief
50. MAP International

51. Medical Care Development, Inc.

52. Medical Teams International

53. Mental Disability Rights International

54. Mercy Corps

55. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

56. Management Sciences for Health

57. National Association of Social Workers
57. National Peace Corps Association

59. Pact

60. Population Action International

61. Pathfinder International

62. Physicians for Human Rights

63. Physicians for Peace

64. Plan USA

65. Refugees International
66. RESULTS

67. Save the Children

68. South East Asian Resource Action Center*

69. SEVA Foundation

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70. SHARE Foundation

71. Solar Cookers International

72. The Hunger Project
73. United Methodist Committee on Relief

74. U.S. Fund for UNICEF

75. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants**

76. Winrock International

77. Women Thrive Worldwide

78. Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children**

79. World Concern

80. World Learning

81. World Relief**
82. World Vision

No asterisk: InterAction Member
* Refugee Council USA Member
** Joint Member of InterAction and Refugee Council USA

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