August 21st, 2008


finally, good news!

from the Audubon Action e-list:

Record Funding Recommended for Population Programs
Good News!In June, the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee approved $600 million for international family planning and reproductive health programs — programs that have a proven track record of slowing population growth and reducing population pressure on the environment and wildlife habitat in many parts of the world. This represents the largest total amount ever recommended for international family planning programs (not accounting for inflation) and the largest one-year dollar increase in these programs on record. $600 million would be a 28% increase above current levels and an 83% increase above the President's budget request of $327 million. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a slightly lower amount — $520 million — in their version of the bill, which nevertheless represents an important step in addressing the large unmet need for these services around the world.