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April 16, 2009

President and CEO
Samuel A. Worthington
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Chair
Charles MacCormack, The Honorable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
Save the Children
Dear Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi:
Vice Chair
Ritu Sharma Fox,
Women Thrive Worldwide You have both been supporters of enlightened foreign policy and robust and
effective foreign assistance programs in the past, and I thank you for all your work
Treasurer and support on these issues.
Amy Coen,
Population Action International
I write today to respectfully request that you continue that work and support by
urging your respective Budget Committee chairmen to produce a budget resolution
Board of Directors
conference report that recommends the full amount of the president’s request for the
Kenneth Bacon, Refugees International International Affairs account.
David Beckmann, Bread for the World
Carol Bellamy, World Learning
Sekyu Chang, As you know, the Obama administration requested $53.8 billion for Function 150,
Korean American Sharing Movement
Julius Coles, Africare
and the Senate resolution matched that number thanks to the adoption of the Kerry-
Helene D. Gayle, CARE USA Lugar amendment by unanimous consent. As you also know, the House resolution
Anne Lynam Goddard,
Christian Children’s Fund
recommends a level that is even lower than the expected total appropriated for
Lee H. Hamilton, Function 150 in FY2009.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps
Elizabeth Latham, US Committee for UNDP Our community fully understands the tough budget climate. Yet the 150 account
Jo Luck, Heifer International
John McCullough, Church World Service remains a minute portion of the overall federal budget, about 1.4%, and by making
Mary Ellen McNish, the world more prosperous and stable, investments in the International Affairs
American Friends Service Committee
Hugh Parmer, American Refugee Committee account ultimately help protect other budget priorities here at home.
Daniel E. Pellegrom, Pathfinder International
Linda Pfeiffer, INMED
Robert Radtke, Increased investment in this account has wide bipartisan support. Secretary of
Episcopal Relief and Development Defense Robert Gates has called repeatedly for “a dramatic increase” in funding for
Yolonda C. Richardson,
Centre for Development & Population Activities this account, and opinions polls consistently show that solid majorities of the
Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund American public, when informed how little the government spends on foreign
George Rupp,
International Rescue Committee assistance, support increasing it.
Zainab Salbi,
Women for Women International
Ron Sconyers, Physicians for Peace
Matching the president’s 150 account request would also support his commitment to
Kathy Spahn, Helen Keller International transparent budgeting and his courageous break from the recent practice of relying
Richard Stearns, World Vision
Tsehaye Teferra, on off-budget emergency supplementals to fund foreseeable humanitarian needs and
Ethiopian Community Development Council ongoing bilateral funding commitments.
Emily Untermeyer, Amigos de las Americas

Please join the president in supporting a stronger and smarter U.S. engagement
1400 16th St., NW
internationally, and urge Chairmen Conrad and Spratt to match his request.
Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036 I thank you for your consideration and for your hard work on behalf of our nation.
PHONE: (202) 667-8227
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E-MAIL: ia@interaction.org Sincerely yours,
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Samuel A. Worthington
President and CEO, InterAction
InterAction is a membership association of US private voluntary organizations engaged in international humanitarian efforts including
relief, development, refugee assistance, environmental protection, population programming, policy advocacy, and education.