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Congressional letters sent to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

The Chairs and Ranking Members of the Standing Committees in both the House and Senate sent letters providing recommendations for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as it develops a deficit reduction package as outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Letters addressing U.S. global health programs include:

  • Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA, 6th; Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations): Among other things, Representative Dicks’ letter summarizes the implications of potential budget reductions to U.S. global health programs.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Chair House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Representative Ros-Lehtinen’s letter provides a list of specific reductions in the International Affairs Budget including, among other things, eliminating funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Highlighting reductions made to the State and Foreign Operations budget in FY 2011, Representative Berman’s letter urges the committee to “take special care to ensure that international affairs spending is not singled out to bear the brunt of further reductions.