Now is the time to speak out in support of foreign assistance and its vital programs. This small 1% of the U.S. budget saves lives. Let Congress know that you care and that people are paying attention.
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“For the United States, supporting international development is more than just an expression of our compassion. It is a vital investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international order that fundamentally serves our national interest.”
-Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
Congress has decided on a budget deal, which could mean deep cuts to foreign assistance. As money is allocated, a final decision will be announced mid-February. NOW is the time to act and tell Congress that level funding for foreign assistance must be preserved.
The State, Foreign Operations, Account funds programs that provide clean water, make education accessible for children, help mothers and babies, distribute vaccines, fund humanitarian responses during disasters, and more. Here are just a few of the accomplishments of U.S. foreign assistance:
- Each year more than 3 million lives are saved through immunization programs.
- 1.3 billion people have received safe drinking water.
- Literacy rates are up 33 percent worldwide.
- Infant and child deaths have been cut in half in the last 25 years.
The newly passed budget could result in a substantial funding cut, once dollars are appropriated, that jeopardizes programs with a strong bipartisan legacy that are critical to not only lift the most vulnerable out of poverty but also to American interests. To maintain U.S. leadership during this time of complex global needs and crises, maintaining the total funding for the State, Foreign Operations, Account at FY 17 levels, $57.4 billion, is critical.
Tell your members of Congress that you support foreign assistance and ask them to reject any budget appropriation deals that cut total funding for this small 1% of the federal budget that saves lives.
(Last Updated 2/14/18)