U2 front man and humanitarian Bono can’t get enough of Congress this month.
First, the singer chatted on the phone with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) about the effects that the proposed GOP spending bill will have on global health, and now he’s meeting with Republican Senators to talk about Africa.
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) hosted Bono and about a dozen Senators for coffee Tuesday afternoon. It’s unclear which GOP lawmakers attended the closed-door meeting, though HOH can confirm that the group discussed humanitarian aid to the troubled continent.
“Bono recently returned from Africa with some compelling stories, and this is an opportunity to share them,” a tipster tells HOH.
Bono is a co-founder of the ONE Campaign, which urges funding for international aid programs. The campaign has collected about 125,000 signatures on a petition asking the Senate not to cut programs to fight HIV/AIDS, hunger and preventable disease in this year’s budget.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.