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Tell Congress to Increase Oversight of U.S. Foreign Aid

afghan_security_300.jpgWhen Congress returns from its August break, members will consider a bill that improves oversight of the billions of dollars in aid that flows from the U.S. to foreign countries each year.

Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well, the Obama administration wants to exempt the billions it sends to foreign security forces—$25 billion in 2012—from this scrutiny. We can’t let this happen.

Please write your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act (FATA), with no exemptions for foreign security forces.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I strongly urge you to show your support for the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 (S. 1271 / HR 2638 ) by co-sponsoring this important legislation with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Jerry Connolly (D-Va.).

This bipartisan bill would require the administration to establish guidelines 18 months after enactment for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans that could be applied "with reasonable consistency" to all U.S. foreign assistance. One year after that (i.e., 30 months after enactment) each U.S. Government department or agency that administers foreign assistance will be required to apply the guidelines to assistance they provide to foreign partners.

Please take a stand for transparency and increase oversight and accountability of U.S. foreign aid. Americans deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely and effectively.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]