From the office of:

Sean Casten

Sending Office: Honorable Sean Casten
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        Request for Signature(s)


Deadline Extended: COB Wednesday, March 11

Supporting Organizations: Oxfam America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends Committee on National Legislation, World Wildlife Fund, Union of Concerned Scientists, Ceres, Mercy Corps, and Columban Center for Advocacy and

Current Signers: Brownley, Casten, Dingell, Peters, Levin (CA), Allred, Barragán, Bernice, Johnson, Beyer, Blunt Rochester, Bonamici, Carbajal, Carson, Cisneros, Connolly, Costa, Davids, Dean, DeFazio, DeGette, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Doggett,
Engel, Espaillat, Foster, Garamendi, García (IL), Gomez, Grijalva, Hastings, Heck, Horsford, Huffman, Jayapal, Johnson, Kelly (IL), Khanna, Kuster, Lee Levin, Lipinski, Lowenthal, Luján, Malinowski, McEachin, McGovern, McNerney, Nadler, Neal,  Panetta, Pascrell,
Payne, Porter, Quigley, Rouda, Sarbanes, Scott (VA), Smith, Soto, Spanberger, Stevens, Suozzi, Titus, Tlaib, Trone Vargas, Welch, and Wild

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in supporting climate, energy, and conservation investments in the FY21 State & Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

The fight against climate change doesn’t stop at our borders, and that’s why it is vital that we fund essential U.S. programming overseas to help reduce emissions and build resilience.

This past December, we were part of the congressional delegation to the COP25 international summit in Madrid, Spain, where we made it clear that most Americans strongly oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. We were
also reminded of how important it is for the U.S. to remain engaged when it comes to aiding our allies in making smart climate investments.

We hope you will join us in signing this letter supporting climate, energy, and conservation investments in the FY21 State & Foreign Operations appropriations bill. Thanks to strong leadership from the House, we made real gains in these accounts in the FY20
bill, and we want to ensure that those gains are enhanced and protected in FY21.

To sign on, add your boss
by COB on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact David Schutt (Brownley) at, Calli Shapiro (Casten) at, Timothy Huebner (Dingell) at, Anais Borja (Peters) at, or Jonathan Gilbert (Levin) at



Julia Brownley                               Sean Casten                              Debbie Dingell



Scott Peters                                   Mike Levin



Letter Text:

Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers:

As you work to assemble final State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021), we hope you will consider full funding for a handful of important international energy, environment, and conservation

As those of us who attended the COP25 international summit in Madrid, this past December can attest, U.S. leadership on climate is needed more than ever — and has never been in shorter supply. That is why it is essential to protect and expand these core
U.S. contributions and programming. 

The programs enable poor and developing countries to care for our shared global ecosystem while strengthening American alliances, preventing conflicts, and bolstering our national security. In many cases, these programs have benefitted from years of bipartisan
support under both Republican and Democratic administrations alike.

As such, we would strongly urge you to include these funding levels in your legislation:

  • $140 million for international Sustainable Landscapes programs; [Bilateral Economic Assistance]
  • $194 million for Renewable Energy programs; [Bilateral Economic Assistance]
  • $192 million for Adaptation programs; [Bilateral Economic Assistance]
  • $10 million for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); [International Organizations and Programs]
  • $500 million for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). [Multilateral Assistance]        

These programs have produced real measurable benefits, while also leveraging substantial sums in co-financing from other donors. Thanks to USAID adaptation programs, 5.3 million people globally gained access to cutting-edge satellite weather data, allowing
them to save lives and better respond to extreme weather events. Sustainable Landscapes programs incentivize developing countries to curb deforestation while addressing rural poverty and improving the way lands are managed and harvested – leveraging U.S. funding
dollars with up to 39 times more funding from other donors. Clean energy programs like the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (ACEF) have mobilized more than $30 for every $1 spent by the program. Indeed, investment in developing country energy infrastructure
is expected to exceed $30 trillion over the next 25 years — a small investment of U.S. funds can help shape that enormous market for decades to come. Finally, the GCF has attracted more than $10 billion in co-financing for projects thus far, and is doing
groundbreaking work in tandem with the private sector to mobilize funding for both adaptation and mitigation projects.

These programs represent a small fraction of our foreign aid budget but provide outsize benefits to the U.S. by maintaining our role as a global leader in smart, sustainable development. We appreciate your consideration of this important request.

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