For more than 1.4 billion people around the world struggling to survive on less than $1 a day, international aid is a lifeline – supporting programs that fight poverty and help disaster victims, like the millions in Haiti and Pakistan, to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.
Unfortunately, Congress is poised to make sweeping cuts this week to this desperately needed aid unless we can convince them not to.
Tough economic times have led to a growing desire to cut budgets and many have argued that we should start with international assistance. But investing in a more secure and prosperous world is not only morally responsible, it’s also fiscally responsible.
Making these cuts would be short-sighted and would hurt millions of people struggling to feed their families.
Time is of the essence -- the House of Representatives has already voted to make sweeping cuts to this much-needed aid and it is up to us to help convince the Senate not to follow their lead.
The Senate will vote on the 2011 budget this week -- please send your senators a letter urging them to reject these cuts today.
Right now, nearly 1.4 billion people live in poverty, struggling to survive on less than $1 per day. While the International Affairs Budget represents only 1.4% of the federal budget, it contains almost all the funding America devotes to fighting poverty and stabilizing regions on the verge of or experiencing active conflict.
This funding is vital in efforts to save lives and protect the self-help programs that are delivering results
for the world's poor.
These tools are critical for sustaining American leadership to build a better, safer world. I urge you to
oppose cuts for the world's most vulnerable and support full funding for the International Affairs Budget.
Thank you for your leadership on this important issue.