SOURCE: Save the Children

Save the Children

March 01, 2011 20:49 ET

Save the Children Honors Congressman Dave Reichert as Champion for Children

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Hailed for his leadership in addressing the health and education needs of millions of children in the developing world, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) was honored this week with Save the Children's 2011 Congressional Champion Inspiring Lasting Change for Children award.

"Congressman Reichert has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to helping children in need around the world," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization that serves children in need in the United States and around the world.

"His brand of leadership is essential to helping more children survive, thrive and achieve their full potential. That in turn, creates more opportunity and stability -- which not only benefits developing nations, but is central to America's national security and economic interests," MacCormack added.

Save the Children applauded Rep. Reichert for his leadership in championing the Newborn, Child and Mother Survival Act and for his work on the Education for All Act. The agency also commended the congressman for his consistent leadership on supporting the International Affairs Budget, which funds programs critical to keeping America safe and saving lives around the world.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition and accept it on behalf of the children we're all working together to protect," Reichert said. "I entered public service because I wanted to answer the persistent call of our society: make a better future for the next generation. I remain committed to doing all I can to shape a safer, more prosperous world in which children are able to live healthy lives and achieve their full potential."

Each year, as part of Save the Children's Advocacy Day activities on Capitol Hill, the agency recognizes select congressional leaders for their outstanding work in helping children in need both at home and around the globe.

In addition to Rep. Reichert, Save the Children this week also honored Sen. Roger Wicker, (R-MS), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) for their work on behalf of children in the United States and worldwide.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and 120 countries around the world.

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