Brazilian groups want direct access to U.S. forest funding

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental and Indigenous organizations are urging the United States to fund forest protection initiatives that directly involve forest peoples. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday on a bill by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that would create a $9 billion fund to protect tropical rainforests. Ahead of the hearing, more than 300 organizations issued a letter asking lawmakers to bypass Brazil’s national government and deal with them directly.