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Gates advocates for foreign aid during Capitol Hill meetings

Gates advocates for foreign aid during Capitol Hill meetings
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Bill Gates met with several Congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign aid and global health issues.

Gates's representatives did not specify which lawmakers Gates was meeting with, but reporters from The Hill saw Microsoft's founder entering the offices of Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

In his Capitol Hill meetings, Gates stressed the potential impact that budget cuts could have on programs backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a Gates Foundation spokesperson. These programs include efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, to contain malaria and to deliver vaccines.

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“Cuts to these high-value, high-impact programs could put millions of lives at risk,” said a Gates Foundation spokesperson. Gates also "raised the importance of expanding access to economic opportunity and education here at home," the spokesperson said.

President Trump did not propose any spending cuts to specific programs cited by the Gates Foundation spokesperson in his budget blueprint last week. Comments from Congressional leaders so far don't suggest that these programs are threatened.

Still, proposed cuts to foreign aid, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) has criticized, have made a number of groups that work overseas nervous.

The Hill meetings come a day after Gates met with President Trump.