February 27, 2008

Feingold at White House for briefing from Bush on Africa

For those of you who think Sen. Russ Feingold, D-WI, should be in the White House -- well, tomorrow's the day! Alas, it's just for a briefing with President Bush...

Feingold, chairman of the Senate African Affairs Subcommittee, and other congressional leaders will meet with the President to hear about his recent five-nation tour of Africa, which included stops in Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia. Feingold has traveled to Africa eight times since joining the Senate in 1993.

"Africa faces serious challenges that affect not only the people of that continent but the international community as a whole," Feingold said. “I look forward to meeting with the president to hear about his trip and discuss issues like preventing disease, including HIV/AIDS, addressing human rights abuses, the importance of humanitarian assistance, and supporting democratic institutions. I am pleased that the president is recognizing the importance of Africa."

Prior to the president’s trip, Feingold sent him a letter encouraging him to emphasize the importance of continued democratic reform, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and peaceful conflict resolution. A copy of the letter is available here.

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