Time is running out on the Global Poverty Act

July 18, 2008 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

We sent out an action alert today to our networks about the Global Poverty Act. Congress is quickly approaching the end of its congressional session. We’d like to see the Global Poverty Act reach the senate floor for a vote. If it doesn’t go to the floor, we’ll need to start all over next year with the new congress. Your voice is important. Here are a few easy steps for taking action:

1) PRAY: Please pray that God will work in the hearts and minds of all U.S. senators. Pray that God moves them to understand that taking actions like passing the Global Poverty Act helps our nation keep the promises it has made to the world’s poorest people. Pray that the senators will be motivated by a deep concern for justice for all God’s people.

2) ACT: Before you make your call, check to see if your member of congress is a cosponsor of the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433). If so, read a list of talking points for existing cosponsors (Both Wyden and Smith are cosponsors)

Senator Gordon Smith
Phone: 202-224-3753

Senator Ron Wyden
Phone: 202-224-5244

If your senator is not listed as a cosponsor, ask them to cosponsor the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) and pass the legislation before the end of this congressional session. Call 1-800-826-3688 as soon as possible but no later than July 25.

[Note: This toll-free number will connect you to the Capitol switchboard, where you will ask to be connected to your senator’s office in order to leave your message. Find out who your senators are.]

Key points to make when you call:

Please cosponsor the Global Poverty Act. (If your senator is already a cosponsor–click here for the list–your talking points will be different. Read the list of talking points for senators who have signed on as cosponsors.)
With time running out on the legislative calendar, Senate leadership needs to see a robust list of cosponsors to move this important bill to the floor.
The Global Poverty Act seeks to bring clarity, coordination, and accountability to our foreign assistance programs has already passed through the House and has bipartisan support in the Senate.
The act would require the president to develop and implement a coordinated strategy of U.S. aid, debt relief, and trade policies to meet the goal of cutting by half the number of people who live on less than $1 a day by 2015.
Visit this page for background information.

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