Ask local legislators to pass lifesaving bill | Letter

Dec 16, 2015

Editor, The Beacon:

As we celebrate our holidays of hope, we have the opportunity to extend that hope to others in the world.

There is currently a bill in Congress that targets the ending of these preventable deaths of mothers and children in our life times.

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act is a bipartisan bill that focuses our efforts on this and also reforms our development aid agency, USAID, making it more efficient and transparent. This bill calls for no new money.

Seems like it would already have passed, especially since it has the support of Sen. Patty Murray, and Reps. Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Derek Kilmer, Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Dennis Heck and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Unfortunately, it is still stuck in committee.

We can change this! By taking a few minutes during the holidays and calling or writing our senators and representatives, thanking them for their support so far on this lifesaving legislation, and asking them to redouble their efforts to bring other sponsors on board and pass this bill.

In a time of so much disagreement between the parties, why not pass this legislation both sides agree on?

Willie Dickerson,


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