Mercy Corps Applauds Bipartisan Agreement for Foreign Assistance

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC -- The global organisation Mercy Corps applauds the U.S. Congress for reaching bipartisan agreement and passing the fiscal year 2020 spending bill.

“Congress recognizes the urgency of U.S. leadership in confronting the global climate crisis and the rise of violent and deadly conflict. This Bill stands up for communities in need around the world, by supporting development efforts and by providing life-saving assistance,” says Beth deHamel, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Mercy Corps.

“At Mercy Corps, we see how foreign policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. and in other capitals can affect the lives of people around the world every day,” says deHamel. “We applaud the inclusion of critically-needed humanitarian and development aid for Palestinians, assistance to address poverty and insecurity in Central America and funding to help communities adapt to climate change. The bill also includes the entirety of the Global Fragility Act, which will establish a comprehensive U.S. government approach to address violent conflict and fragility and dedicate over one billion dollars over the next five years to prevent pervasive conflict.”

Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation with nearly 6,000 team members reaching nearly 29 million people in more than 40 countries around the world. We partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.