Water for the World Act

February 14, 2012

“The indigent and the poor are seeking water, but there is none. Their tongue has been dried up by thirst. I, the Lord, will heed them. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.” Isaiah 41:17

ACTION ALERT

Call your Senators and Representative urging them to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (bills H.R.3658 and S.6411) that would increase access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries.

BACKGROUND

Nearly one billion people are without access to the most vital substance for life on earth—clean and consumable water. Congress implemented the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act in 2005 in order to increase affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries. Since then, members of the Senate and the House have introduced an updated version of the bill, namely the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act, which ensures that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department maximize resources, enhance transparency and accountability, and strengthen public-private partnership and research. It also seeks to enhance America’s leadership in mitigating water conflicts and in strategically engaging the efforts and donations of other governments, international organizations, and U.S. based charities.

The Bible and Catholic Social Teaching confer upon us a responsibility to the poor and the vulnerable. By God’s direction, let us not abandon our brothers and sisters who are seeking water.

ACTION REQUESTED

Let your voice be heard… CALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATORS TODAY!

Making a call is easy and it only takes a few minutes! When the office receptionist answers the phone, follow the basic call script below. The receptionists’ job is to make sure messages from constituents are relayed to their boss, so make sure you give him/her your name and address so your call can be officially logged into their database.

To find congressional contact information, you can:

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202-224-3121) and ask for your representative/senator

Here are some tips to keep in mind when making the call:

  • Feel free to share why this issue is important to you.
  • Say thank you! Receptionists often have many duties, but saying thanks is a great way to let them know that the delivery of your message is important to you!

SAMPLE SCRIPT

I am calling to urge Representative ____________ to support H.R.3658, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012.The bill will increase access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries. It will efficiently implement vital programs necessary to meet the increasing demand for clean and consumable water.

I am calling to urge Senator ____________ to support bill S.641 regarding the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011. The bill will increase access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries. It will efficiently implement vital programs necessary to meet the increasing demand for clean and consumable water.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach

Michelle Melcher Knight

Telephone: 301.565.4547

mmknight@columban.org

Or

www.columban.org