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Topic - Mark Coats
Members of Congress have the political motivation to do many things: win federal money for their home districts, vote on war resolutions and take a stand on the social issues. But it usually takes a little push to get their support for initiatives on microfinance, one of many tools used in combating global poverty.
"What I learned is, the biggest ... thing I could be working on is hunger," he said. "And in spite of what you might see on TV about a famine or a war, poverty is the root cause of extreme hunger."
"The kinds of things we're looking for, there is not a resounding call for that back in Texas," said Mark Coats, of Austin, Texas, one of 250 activists who came to Washington last week to lobby their representatives on microfinance and other global development issues, including education and disease prevention.