Proposed cuts to foreign assistance programs are over 30%, with some programs being completely eliminated. 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.
Ask Congress to reject any proposed cuts to foreign assistance programs. Personalize the email about why this issue is important to you. Feel free to make edits and additions to highlight what you think is most important.
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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
On May 16, the President released his budget including deep cuts to U.S. Foreign assistance. Over 100 Christian leaders are speaking out against these cuts.
Overseas development assistance includes programs that provide clean water, provide education for children, help mothers and children, distribute vaccines, fund humanitarian responses, and more. Here are just a few of the accomplishments of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
- 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.
On March 16, the President released his proposed budget for FY18. The overall proposed cuts are 1/3 to overseas development assistance – for programs including education, water, vaccines, economic empowerment, and more, and humanitarian response – crises including Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and others that may arise. One account for refugee assistance and a program to fight child labor are completely eliminated.
Tell your members of Congress that you support foreign assistances and ask them to reject any cuts to this tiny 1% that saves lives.