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Bono to Congress: Cuts to Humanitarian Programs Not 'The Sweetest Thing'

U2 front man Bono, and a founder of the charity ONE International arrives for a meeting with European Council President in October.(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

photo of Billy House
November 13, 2012

U2 frontman Bono is among those adding his two-cents worth on the so-called fiscal cliff, visiting late Tuesday morning with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats at Pelosi’s office.

Bono, who co-founded the anti-poverty campaign “ONE,” urged Pelosi and the Democrats to stand fast against attempts to make even deeper spending cuts to humanitarian programs both within the U.S. and worldwide, according to Budget Committee top Democrat Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who was in the meeting.

Bono, whose hits with U2 include such songs as “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “With Or Without You” left the meeting with an entourage shortly before noon.

House Republicans have passed a bill that would replace the so-called sequestration defense cuts set to hit on Jan. 2, in part by cutting more money from discretionary spending accounts that cover social safety net programs – such as food stamps.

Among others attending was Appropriations Committee top Democrat Norm Dicks of Washington and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.

Bono also visited the White House, but was not there to meet with the president but with other leaders on international development, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Quipped Carney: "You are witnessing the formation of a new band."

Julia Edwards contributed to this post.

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