March 20, 2009--Obama pressed to increase global water aid (Environmental News Network)

In his inauguration speech in January, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned four words that lifted the hearts of water advocates worldwide: "Let clean water flow."  Although Obama has proposed doubling U.S. spending on foreign aid, his new budget, released last month, offers few details on whether the additional funding will support his inaugural vow, especially in the face of a debilitating financial crisis. Despite global economic uncertainty, sitting and former U.S. members of Congress heightened their calls for Obama to support water aid in the developing world as politicians and water experts gathered for the 5th World Water Forum in Turkey this past week.

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