Target: Ed Royce, Chairman of the US House of Foreign Affairs Committee
Goal: Support legislation that improves access to clean water and sanitation facilities for people around the world
A bipartisan bill that seeks to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to developing countries was introduced to the US House of Representatives in August, 2013 and has since been referred to the House of Foreign Affairs Committee. This bill, titled “The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act,” doesn’t request any new funding but instead aims to use funds in the current budget to improve monitoring and evaluation of clean water and sanitation projects. It would rearrange the plan to redirect financial aid from political allies to the most at-risk nations.
According to the United Nations 783 million people in the world lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion lack access to proper sanitation. Water related illnesses kill millions each year, and children are especially impacted. Because of illness and the constant quest for water lack of access to clean water is a major obstacle in eliminating poverty.
According to the US State Department in 2012 roughly 44% of federal funding for international aid went to countries where the vast majority of the population has access to clean water. There are countries that require more immediate attention and it is necessary to adjust the budget accordingly. Providing access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental step in bringing much of the world out of poverty. Increased access means the rate of illness will decrease, thus leading to a more thriving communities who are healthy enough to attend school, work, and properly care for their children.
Urge the US House of Foreign Affairs Committee to support this bill to improves access to clean water and sanitation facilities in water-deprived parts of the world.
Dear Chairman Royce,
Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is a pressing issue that affects millions of people around the world, which is why I urge you to support HR 2901 or “The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act.” This bill does not require new funding but instead rearranges funding priorities to focus on countries that need water aid the most. It would improve the monitoring and evaluation of clean water and sanitation projects, and increase cooperation between agencies and organizations.
Constant illness and the search for clean water dictate the lives of millions of people around the world. It is necessary to adjust the budget according to which countries require the most aid. Increased access to clean water and sanitation facilities means the rate of illness will decrease, thus leading to more thriving communities who are healthy enough to attend school, work, and properly care for their children.
Please help overcome this major obstacle in ending the cycle of poverty. I strongly urge you to improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities by supporting HR 2901.
[Your Name Here]
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