By Heather Deal on September 3, 2009
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I am writing regarding your recent editorial "Work a little bit while Congress rests" (Aug. 10). This is a crucial time for gaining support for both the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 (HR 2139) and the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S. 1524).
President Obama has made many commitments to fight hunger and poverty in the few short months since he took office. He gathered $20 billion over three years from the G-8 leaders for a new world hunger initiative to focus on investments in agriculture.
We need better foreign aid that uses the resources we already have in a more efficient way. Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Africa demonstrates the administration's commitment to anti-hunger and poverty initiatives. Clinton said the United States needs to use "smart power" in national security, which includes elevating development alongside diplomacy and defense. The Obama administration already has begun new initiatives in food security.
Now, we need Congress on board. Christians must join our voices by writing letters or calling their members of Congress. We are called to help the hungry and poor in whatever way we can, including using our rights of U.S. citizenship to fight injustice. Foreign assistance reform will allow us to use our tax dollars to help many more people than we possibly can on our own.
Three simple letters. That's all it takes to make a difference.