Boyle, Kinzinger Urge White House to Remove Freeze on White Helmets Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle and Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria, wrote to President Trump urging him to immediately release funding to the White Helmets, a volunteer group that has tirelessly rescued people caught in bombings, airstrikes and other attacks in Syria since the start of the war there in 2011, and nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for this work. It was recently reported that the State Department froze U.S. funding for the group.
“It is deeply troubling that the administration would withhold funding from such an important humanitarian group engaged in the Syrian conflict at a time when this work is needed more than ever. This funding literally saves lives,” said Rep. Boyle. “I personally met with a group of White Helmets and I continue to be amazed by their bravery. The President must release these funds or provide a thorough justification to Congress for withholding them,” added Boyle.
The full letter is available here.