Beltway Happenings
September 21, 2006--A bipartisan group of Senators urged quick passage of the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act (S.3884) which would impose sanctions in an effort to bring about peace in Darfur.  Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) visited Darfur in June 2004 and has been interested in the region since the late 1990s.  Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is the ranking member of the African Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) recently made a high-profile trip to Africa during which he toured a refugee camp in neighboring Chad. 

Activity to address the crisis in Darfur has recently stepped up.  More than two dozen groups organized a Global Day for Darfur on September 17.  During his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 19, President George W. Bush announced appointment of former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios as Special Envoy on Darfur.

Save Darfur
State Department: Darfur Humanitarian Emergency
Global Day for Darfur

Sen. Barack Obama has recently gained a bit of attention as a possible 2008 candidate.  He appeared on the cover of the September/October 2006 issue of Men's Vogue.  On September 17 he was the special guest at Sen. Tom Harkin's 29th Annual Steak Fry at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Indianola, Iowa.  Coinciding with that event, Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes penned a letter urging him to run. 

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