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U2's Bono to Urge U.S. Politicians Not to Cut Aid Programs

November 13, 2012

During a visit to Washington, D.C., on November 12-14, U2 lead singer and activist Bono will appeal to politicians to preserve U.S. development assistance programs from cuts as Congress works to avert the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending reductions early next year that could push the United States back toward recession. According to Kathy McKiernan, spokesperson for the grassroots anti-poverty ONE campaign, Bono will meet with congressional lawmakers and senior Obama administration officials during his visit, stressing the importance and effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and their progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. Bono will also argue that U.S.-funded aid programs that support life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers, nutrition programs for malnourished children, and emergency food aid make up just 1 percent of the U.S. government budget, but help to save tens of millions of lives in impoverished nations.

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11.12.2012; Lesley Wroughton




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