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Ben Affleck Testifies in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012 5:40 PM GMT

Using his star power to bring attention to a dire situation, Ben Affleck met with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the Capitol on Wednesday (December 19) to urge a push for aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The 40-year-old actor suited up for photos with committee chairman John Kerry and other members as he pled for the U.S. to help the war-torn nation. He previously founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, which organizes relief efforts in the country, providing public and private funding to "support the communities and citizens of the eastern Congo, providing local organizations and leaders with the necessary resources to heal and sustain their communities."

A well-known democrat, the "Argo" star also reached across the aisle. Earlier in the afternoon he tweeted, "Thank you @HASCRepublicans [House Armed Services Committee Republicans] for the opportunity to speak this morning about the crisis in #DRC. We can & should help immediately."

In related news, Ben has recently bowed out of the upcoming comedy "Focus" with Kristen Stewart due to scheduling conflicts.

Enjoy the pictures of Ben Affleck meeting at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (December 19).

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