Sending Office: Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
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Support continued funding for the Asia Foundation!

FY 19 Programmatic Appropriations Request

New Deadline: COB March 13, 2018

Co-signers: Hastings, Connolly, Schiff, Tsongas, Engel, Deutch, Shea-Porter, Schakowsky, Raskin, Castro, Jackson Lee, Gabbard

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in requesting the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee sustain funding for the Asia Foundation.  The Asia Foundation has historically been provided with $17 million.  

As we support increased defense capabilities, we must invest in “soft power” as well.  The Asia Foundation’s work is a prime example of diplomatic efforts in support of our military and regional stability that we must continue to support.  

The Asia Foundation has 63 years of presence in 18 Asian countries.  They have played a pivotal role in promoting democratic ideals, free trade, women empowerment, and peace in a region critical to the future of the U.S. 

I hope you will join me in thanking the subcommittee for their past support and urge their continued support for the Foundation’s work.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-on, please contact


Colleen Hanabusa
Member of Congress    



Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey:

We write to respectfully request $17 million in continued support for the Asia Foundation in the FY 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

The Asia Foundation is a unique private organization with a 63-year presence in 18 countries in Asia.  It has played a pivotal role in contributing to U.S. national interests abroad by investing in democratic institutions, building the capacity of reform-minded
leaders, fostering economic growth, empowering women, and pursuing peace, regional cooperation, and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

As we bolster and support our defense capabilities, we must also invest in “soft power.”  On February 27, 2017, 121 retired three- and four-star generals sent a letter[1] to congressional leadership
stating, “[w]e know from our service in uniform that many of the crises our nation faces do not have military solutions alone,” and “[t]he military will lead the fight against terrorism on the battlefield, but it needs strong civilian partners in the battle
against drivers of extremism – lack of opportunity, insecurity, injustice, and hopelessness.”  The Asia Foundation’s work is a prime example of diplomatic efforts in support of our military and regional stability. 

The Foundation works on the front lines of building relationships by investing in the aspirations of the peoples of Asia.  Through its work, the Foundation promotes participation in democratic processes, free trade, and economic opportunities in a region
critical to the future of the United States.  The Asia Foundation has worked with governments, non-profits, and the private sector through its programs to provide supplies to local schools, grants for education abroad, investment in ideas for reform, and sustained
support for democratic ideals and women’s rights.  The results of the Foundation’s presence in this region are improved and stable governance, increased economic growth, better security cooperation, and better futures for Asian and American citizens. 

The Asia Foundation is a unique American asset and has been the most significant, consistent, and active non-governmental U.S. development and foreign policy organization in Asia.  We appreciate your past support for the Foundation and urge continued support.

We thank you for your consideration. 



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