Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Congressman Jim Greenwood (R-PA), Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD), and other Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell inquiring about the $34 million Congress appropriated for United Nations Family Planning (UNFPA), but was instead given to USAID Programs. In late July, President Bush made the decision to invoke Kemp-Kasten, thereby defunding UNFPA. It took the State Department 38 days to notify its intention to make this transfer, and the money has still not been released to USAID.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Josè Serrano (D-NY), and Members of the New York Delegation sent a letter to Governor Pataki urging him to look into the high backlog and rejection rate of Individual and Family Grant program (IFG) applications. Governor Pataki recently extended the application deadline to January 31, 2003, but of the 51,469 applications that have been received, only 6,874 have been approved and 21,544 have been rejected, leaving a backlog of over 23,000 applications.