Sending Office: Honorable Karen Bass
Sent By:
Crista.Cornavaca@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

SUPPORT FUNDING FOR

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (NED) FOR FY 2020

Deadline extended: Today at COB

To sign on please click here

Current co-sponsors include: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA); Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY); Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA); Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI); Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY); Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN); Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ); Rep.
Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY); Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA); Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH); Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA); Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL); Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT); Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA); Rep. Danny
K. Davis (D-IL); Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-MD); Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY)

Dear Colleague,

Please join our bipartisan letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOP) to the
FY 2019 level funding for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

As members of the Board of the National Endowment for Democracy, we have seen first-hand the enormous impact the Endowment is able to have with a modest amount of resources.  We ask you to join us in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee
requesting NED’s funding remain at the FY 2019 level.

Authorized by a bipartisan act of Congress in 1983, NED and its four core institutes represent the non-governmental pillars of society necessary to develop effective governance and economic growth: civil society, political parties, workers, and business. 
In 2018, NED supported democratic minded civil society and media organizations with over 1,600 small grants.  If the President’s FY 2020 Budget request were to be implemented, it would eliminate funding in the NED appropriation for the core institutes—the
International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Solidarity Center. 

The Endowment exemplifies the strategy of supporting democratic minded civil society by carefully identifying and supporting citizen-based groups and actors who are dedicated to advancing their own fight for freedom and committed to building their country’s
responsive and accountable infrastructure. Cutting the Endowment’s funding at a time when democracy around the world is being aggressively threatened by powerful actors such as China and Russia would send the wrong signal to our adversaries.

We ask you to join us in signing our bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the funding for NED in the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations bill be sustained at the FY 2019 level.

To sign this letter, please contact
Crista.Cornavaca@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Bass’s office or Julia.Angelotti@mail.house.gov in Rep. Stefanik’s office.  You can also sign onto the letter
here.

 

Sincerely,

 

Karen Bass                                                                              Elise Stefanik

Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress              

 

 

March XX, 2019

 

The Honorable Nita Lowey                                        The Honorable Hal Rogers

Chairwoman                                                                Ranking Member

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, &         Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, &

Related Programs                                                        Related Programs

 

 

Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers,

 

As you begin to draft the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations appropriations measure, we would like to take this opportunity to express our support for funding for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to be sustained at the same level as in the FY
2019 conference agreement.

Authorized by a bipartisan act of Congress in 1983, NED is governed by an independent board of directors that approves grants. NED’s four institutes, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for International
Private Enterprise (CIPE), and Solidarity are recognized in the NED Act and represent the pillars of society necessary to develop effective governance and economic growth: political parties, workers, and business.  Additionally, NED supports civil society
and media organizations through a small grants program.

NED is vital to preserving and advancing the ideas and values that serve the interests of democracies in the global arena, particularly as nations like China and Russia are investing in the tools of soft and sharp power and advancing values and interests
that are frequently at odds with our own.

America’s values are what most set us apart from our competitors.  The Endowment exemplifies this by carefully identifying and supporting citizen-based groups and actors who are dedicated to advancing their own fight for freedom and committed to building
their own country’s responsive and accountable infrastructure. 

NED is a small investment in promoting the ideals and principles on which our country was built.  The work supported by NED and the four core institutes demonstrates to people struggling for dignity and freedom that the United States Congress stands behind
their courageous efforts. 

By sustaining NED’s appropriation from FY 2019, Congress sends an important message to both our allies and adversaries that the United States fully intends to remain a leader in the world and will continue to be a beacon of democratic values in the world.      

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Karen Bass

Member of Congress

 

Elise Stefanik

Member of Congress

 

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