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JULY 15, 2002
3:40 PM
CONTACT:  US Rep Carolyn Maloney
Eileen deParrie for Rep. Maloney, 202-225-7944
Why Is President Bush Letting Domestic Politics Interfere With Helping Women Around the World?
WASHINGTON - July 15 -  News Advisory:

-- The White House refuses to release their own report on UNFPA's work in China, and the President reportedly may reject the advice of his own fact-finding team as sources say domestic policy staff is weighing in on this International issue.

-- Bipartisan Members of Congress will release the findings report from a similar fact-finding trip conducted by the Members of the British Parliament and demand a meeting with the President to discuss the status of UNFPA

Members of the House of Representatives will announce the findings of a report from a UK delegation sent to China to investigate the U.N. Population Fund's (UNFPA) work in China last April. They will also announce nearly 50 bipartisan Members of Congress have signed a letter demanding a meeting with President Bush to discuss the status of funding for UNFPA.

Based on allegations made by a single right-wing group, the Bush Administration also sent a U.S. team to China to investigate UNFPA's work there in early May. The team, headed by former U.S. Ambassador Bill Brown, returned in late May and submitted a report to the White House. Recent news reports indicate that the report not only came back squeaky clean, but reported that the work UNFPA conducts in China actually improves women's lives. There are also reports that the Administration has been stalling the release of the report because they are weighing various political consequences.

President Bush requested $25 million for UNFPA in his FY02 budget request, Congress showed bipartisan support for UNFPA by appropriating $34 million for UNFPA in the FY02 Foreign Operations appropriations bill which the President signed into law in January, 2002, Secretary of State Colin Powell testified that UNFPA does "invaluable work," and the United States Government, as part of its efforts to improve the health conditions of Afghan women, gave an additional $600,000 to UNFPA in November, 2001.

-- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.)
-- other members of Congress

Tuesday, July 16
10 a.m.

Cannon Terrace - Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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