Sending Office: Honorable Joaquin Castro
Sent By:
Christian.Krueger@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support The Asia Foundation in FY 2020

Deadline: April 2

Current Co-Signers: Reps. Connolly, Engel, Foster, Gabbard, Hastings, Jackson Lee, Sablan, Schiff

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in requesting $19 million for The Asia Foundation in the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill.

A unique private, nonprofit organization with a 64-year presence in 18 countries in Asia, The Asia Foundation advances the interests of the United States by supporting stable democracies, good governance, women’s rights, and free markets in Asia. Since its
founding, The Foundation has performed invaluable work, contributing to peace and development throughout the Indo-Pacific. Just as Asia becomes increasingly significant to U.S. foreign policy, so, too, does The Asia Foundation.

On the ground in Asia, The Foundation builds meaningful relationships with local communities, and responds directly to problems, advancing U.S. cooperation and national objectives. In coordination with governments, non-profits, and the private sector, The
Asia Foundation strengthens governance, empowers women, expands economic opportunity, increases environmental resilience, and promotes international understanding. With a track record of effectively and efficiently using resources, The Asia Foundation is an
important American asset.

To ensure continued success, please support The Asia Foundation in FY 2020. Contact Christian Krueger (christian.krueger@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Castro’s office to be included as a signatory
on the letter. The deadline is Tuesday, April 2.

Sincerely,

 

Joaquin Castro

Member of Congress


 

Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers:

We write to respectfully request $19 million in support for the Asia Foundation in the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill.

Asia is an increasingly dynamic area of economic, cultural, and strategic significance. To address pressing challenges and realize emerging opportunities requires a comprehensive approach, of which The Asia Foundation should be a part. A unique private,
nonprofit organization with a 64-year presence in 18 countries in Asia, The Asia Foundation advances the interests of the United States by supporting stable democracies, good governance, women’s rights, and free markets in Asia. Throughout its history, the
Asia Foundation has been a valuable force for security and prosperity in the region.  The Foundation’s work demonstrates how democracy does deliver.

To ensure continued success, we request that The Asia Foundation receive $19 million for FY 2020, a modest increase of $2 million over current funding. With the increase, The Foundation will sustain its programs and expand technological capacity to further
empower communities and to combat misinformation, cybersecurity threats, and violent extremism. Furthermore, greater resources will enable The Foundation to re-enter into Pacific Island nations of regional importance.

On the front lines, The Asia Foundation builds credible relationships with the peoples of Asia and helps solve nuanced problems locally. To that end, The Foundation mobilizes in response to opportunities for immediate impact, makes useful grants, and implements
longer-term projects that defend American foreign policy objectives and enhance U.S. cooperation. In its work with governments, non-profits, and the private sector, The Asia Foundation strengthens governance, empowers women, expands economic opportunity, increases
environmental resilience, and promotes international collaboration. The Foundation’s results are unmatched, and have contributed to better futures for Asian and American citizens.

The Asia Foundation has demonstrated the effective and efficient use of funds, and is an integral American asset in the Indo-Pacific. We appreciate your past support for the Foundation, and respectfully urge continued backing.

We thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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