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November Advocacy Update

Advocacy can be a marathon. For over a year, Women of Vision have been advocating for the Water for the World and the Girls Count Acts. Even in recent months, you have continued to call, mobilize others, and have in-district meetings. Last week, we saw the results of your hard work! You refused to let up pressure on members of Congress about the Girls Count Act and the Water for the World Act and they heard your voice as advocates!!

The Girls Count Act

Last week, the Girls Count Act passed the House of Representatives! The next step is for this bill to move through the Senate.

Call your senator and ask them to cosponsor the Girls Count Act and to vote ‘yes’ when it comes to the floor.

If you would like to go one step further, make a second phone call to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and ask him to schedule the Girls Count Act (S 2591/HR 3398) for a floor vote as soon as possible.

The phone number is: 202-224-3542

When you call, say:

“Hello, my name is __________ . I am calling to ask Senator Reid to schedule the Girls Count Act for a floor vote as soon as possible. This bill requires no new spending, but will provide protection, access to education, and health services. It is critical that the Girls Count Act has a chance to pass this session. Thank you.”

The Water for the World Act

Just one day after World Toilet day (appropriately), the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously voted to pass the Water for the World Act! It can now go to the House floor for a vote. Later that afternoon, the Senate introduced their version of the Water for the World Act.

Call your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Water for the World Act and vote ‘yes’ when it comes up for a vote.

To go one step further, call House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and ask him to schedule the Water for the World Act for a floor vote as soon as possible.

The phone number is: 202-225-2915

When you call, simply say:

“Hello, my name is __________ . I would like to ask Representative McCarthy to please schedule the Water for the World Act for a House vote as quickly as possible so that clean water can get to those who need it most. Thank you.”

When Congress returns after the Thanksgiving holiday, they will officially be in session for only eight days before adjourning. Right now, your advocacy is more crucial than ever.

We will keep you updated and we appreciate your continued work for the most vulnerable around the world. Thank you!

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