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Wed., Feb. 5, 2014

Support foreign assistance

With Congress due to be in session again, they will of course be voting on very important issues and legislation that affects different people all over, even globally. But representatives from both sides have come together in the past to support American Foreign Assistance programs, programs that are responsible for vaccinations, clean water and the construction of hospitals and schools that have changed many lives.

This is more than just good public policy. We can show the world our generosity and interest in keeping peace and prosperity on a global scale. For less than 1 percent of the budget, we can additionally benefit from new markets that have the opportunity to emerge with our assistance and prevent conflicts that are more likely to arise from unstable parts of the world.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Patty Murray have both voiced support for this bill and other legislation like it, but we can have more of an impact, if we voice our support to keep these programs alive, especially at this time when Congress is voting. I look forward to sharing these and other facts with McMorris Rodgers and the community in the future.

Kristen Johnson

Deer Park

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