|ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY||2007-2008|
NO. R-163. Joint resolution in support of the worldwide ONE Campaign and urging Congress to appropriate and the President to spend an additional one percent of the federal budget on the goals of the ONE Campaign.
Offered by: Representatives Frank of Underhill, Bray of New Haven, Davis of Washington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Haas of Rochester, McCullough of Williston, Nuovo of Middlebury, Pearson of Burlington, Randall of Troy and Zuckerman of Burlington
Whereas, the G-8 countries are publicly committed to helping alleviate world poverty and addressing the large number of AIDS cases in Africa, and
Whereas, an organization of citizens has established the worldwide ONE Campaign to support its respective countries' commitments to these goals through governmental assistance and the actions of each individual, and
Whereas, each one of us is able to make a difference on both of these critical public policy challenges, and
Whereas, the ONE Campaign is asking Congress to appropriate and the President to spend an additional one percent of the federal budget to alleviate world poverty and address the large number of AIDS cases in Africa, and
Whereas, the general assembly recognizes that, by helping those at the bottom of the economic ladder, a more secure, healthy, and prosperous world will be created, and
Whereas, the ONE Campaign's mission statement reads:
“We believe that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. We recognize that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing additional resources for basic needs — education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans —would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries, at a cost equal to just one percent more of the United States budget. We commit ourselves — one person, one voice, one vote at a time — to make a better, safer world for all,” now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly supports the goals of the ONE Campaign to alleviate world poverty and AIDS, and asks that the Congress appropriate, and the President spend, an additional one percent of the federal budget on the goals listed in this resolution and that each one of us commit ourselves to achieving these goals, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.
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