|Save the Children Honors Sen. Lindsey Graham, Congressmen James McGovern, Steny Hoyer as Champions for Children during Advocacy Summit|
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|U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), right, receives Save the Children's Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award from Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. Photo by Susan Warner.
WASHINGTON, DC (April 12, 2013) — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) were applauded this week for their leadership and extraordinary commitment to children around the world, as Save the Children honored each of the three legislators with its 2013 Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award.
"Sen. Graham and Congressmen McGovern and Hoyer have shown unwavering support and leadership in shaping a world where children have an opportunity to fulfill their full potential and improve the future," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president and CEO.
Graham, McGovern and Hoyer were presented with their awards during Save the Children's Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill, which, for more than 10 years, has mobilized individuals from across the country to lend their voice on behalf of children in need in the U.S. and around the world.
Graham has supported an international affairs budget that helps to ensure children are safe, healthy and educated, and live in economically and food secure households. He has also been dedicated to the issue of global health and highlighting the importance of frontline health workers, who are the first and often the only point of contact to the health-care system for millions of people in the developing world.
|U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), left, receives Save the Children's Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award from Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Save the Children. Photo by Susan Warner.
McGovern's work on the reauthorization of the U.S. child nutrition bill, as well as on the development and implementation of the "Roadmap to End Global Hunger" has been instrumental in reducing hunger and increasing food security. He also has been a consistent champion in obtaining funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, helping to support education, child development, and food security for some of the world's poorest children.
"I believe that many of the problems facing children in need in the U.S. and around the world — especially hunger — are the result of a lack of political will to find a solution," said McGovern. "Save the Children does remarkable work advocating for children whose voices often go unheard, and I am incredibly humbled by this award."
For more than 30 years, Hoyer has demonstrated a profound commitment to supporting child-focused programs, including Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Additionally, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., he provided sound leadership on the need for the country to prioritize the safety of children.
"I am honored to receive the Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award from Save the Children, an organization leading the effort to improve and protect children's lives around the world," said Hoyer. "Children are our future, and I have been proud to support programs and funding critical to youth development and especially early childhood education. It is our responsibility to invest in our children's health, education, well-being and safety, so that even the most vulnerable families and children have the opportunity to thrive. I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that all children have the resources and support they need to lead healthy, full and prosperous lives."
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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