As storm survivors in the Philippines struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Congress is debating slashing aid to those who have suffered the most.
The International Affairs Budget – which represents only 1% of the U.S. budget - provides life-saving emergency assistance during disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, pays for food and medication for where it is desperately needed, and works to lift communities up out of poverty.
It’s already been cut by more than 20% in recent years. The consequences of further cuts would be disastrous.
This funding is a matter of life or death for children, mothers, and families living on the brink. Send a letter to your member of Congress today to tell them we want to protect our aid to those fleeing disasters and fighting poverty worldwide.
The International Affairs Budget invests in programs that have a very real impact on the lives of millions of women and men in great need and is one of the smartest investments the U.S. can make:
* The International Affairs Budget comprises roughly 1% of the overall Federal Budget.
* There are over 1 billion people living on less than $1 per day who can be positioned for self sustainability with cost effective, proven innovations.
* One in five U.S. jobs are tied to exporting American products overseas with nearly 50% of exports going to the developing world.
* Foreign Assistance is a down payment for peace and security. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, "Development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers."
While I recognize the difficulty of managing competing needs for government funding, you cannot balance the budget by cutting support to the world's most vulnerable people. These cuts could actually cost us more in the long run through more costly military involvement (in lives and dollars) and humanitarian crises that could have been averted.
In today's dangerous and complex world, we need all of our foreign policy tools working together. I urge you to support these cost effective, proven programs that literally save lives.