Letter to Appropriators Regarding Minimum Bridge Funding for COVID-19

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Letter to Appropriators Regarding Minimum Bridge Funding for COVID-19

Dear Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Leahy,

As some of the largest NGOs that implement and advocate for humanitarian, health, and development programs on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries, we thank you for your continued commitment to the health, safety, and welfare of people beyond our borders. The global health and economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus will have extensive short- and long- term human and financial costs. U.S. leadership abroad is needed now more than ever, especially for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Suppression and mitigation of the pandemic in developing countries is also central to ending the pandemic in the United States. In addition, we will need to address the secondary and tertiary effects this pandemic will create worldwide.

We ask that in addition to resources already provided in H.R. 6074 and other resources needed for multilateral response, Congress provides a minimum of $1.5 billion in funding spread across Migration and Refugee Assistance, International Disaster Assistance, the Economic Support Fund, and USAID Global Health Programs to support bilateral programs best positioned to respond to this fast-evolving crisis globally. These funds are only a bridge between now and the coming months as a more complete picture of the pandemic unfolds. More funds will be necessary. We also request that you provide robust resources and necessary authorizations to the operating accounts at the Department of State and USAID. Please see our letter dated March 19, 2020, for a discussion of those authorizations.

This is the first time in the modern era that a pandemic is simultaneously striking the U.S. and our international partners, and we appreciate the significant overlapping challenges you are facing. Please reach out to us for any additional information you may require.


Action Against Hunger
Alliance for Peacebuilding
Alliance for Middle East Peace
American Jewish World Service
Basic Education Coalition
Bread for the World
Catholic Relief Services
Childfund International
Feed the Children
Food for the Hungry
Global Health Council
Global Water 2020
Hellen Keller International
Helping Hand for Relief and Development
International Rescue Committee
Institute of World Affairs
International Eye Foundation
International Medical Corps
IntraHealth International
Islamic Relief USA
Mercy Corps
Nonviolent Peaceforce
Oxfam America
Peace Initiative Network
Physicians for Peace
Project Concern International
Project Hope
ReSurge International
Rural Education and Agriculture Development Organization (READO)
Save the Children
Search for Common Ground
Seva Foundation
Solidarity Center
Water for South Sudan
World Learning
World Vision
Young-adult Empowerment Initiative