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Bono Will Ask Lawmakers to Spare Aid Programs

U2 singer meeting with Congress, Obama officials to make case

November 12, 2012 8:35 AM ET
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Bono will urge U.S. lawmakers not to cut U.S. foreign assistance programs when the U2 singer and anti-poverty activist visits Washington this week, Reuters reports. Bono will make his case to members of Congress and the Obama administration, who must reach a budget deal to avoid $600 million worth of spending cuts and tax increases, known as the "fiscal cliff," that would take effect early next year.

Bono will make an appeal to spare development assistance, according to a spokeswoman for his ONE Campaign, arguing that U.S. programs that fund treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, nutrition programs for malnourished children and emergency food aid help to save tens of millions of lives in impoverished nations while representing just one percent of the U.S. budget.

The singer will also talk today with students at Georgetown University about the power of social movements, and meet with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Wednesday for a webcast discussion about the challenges of eradicating poverty.

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