C-Fam FY19 SFOPs Appropriation Submission: Funding Concerns and Priorities for Development Assistance

By C-Fam staff | February 20, 2018

The Honorable Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
2406 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

RE: Requests for the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill

Dear Chairman Rogers,

The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) is grateful for the progress that was made this past year and we applaud your continued efforts to support the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We find the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, for example, most encouraging. However, there remains a vast number of challenges ahead. We call on you to further the Administration’s foreign agenda and enact policies that affirm life and family. For years, the United States has invested billions of dollars in idiocentric legislation rather than person-centric legislation. Now is the time to refocus our efforts on strategies that not only accomplish project goals but more importantly uphold the inherent dignity of every man, woman, and child served. That is our responsibility as a nation. To assist you in your efforts, we make the following requests for the FY’19 appropriations bill. We are confident these requests will undoubtedly yield the greatest positive impact on our brothers and sisters abroad.

  • Request 1: Reduce funding by half for family planning and reproductive health and redirect the $300 million that is saved to maternal, newborn and child health programs.
  • Request 2: Discontinue funding UNAIDS and redirect through PEPFAR.
  • Request 3: Discontinue funding UN Women and redirect to programs that eliminate the causes of violence against women and girls such as human trafficking.
  • Request 4: Mandate reporting from United Nations agencies that are awarded US funds.