America needs a healthy foreign affairs budget-- Call your Member of Congress today!

America needs a healthy foreign affairs budget-- Call your Member of Congress today!

3/7/17

It’s time to pick up the phone again and this time, it’s more urgent than ever.


CARE is very concerned by reports that the Trump administration is proposing deep and disproportionate cuts to the State Department’s budget. Much of these cuts will likely fall on the shoulders of the world’s most vulnerable people. We need you to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Here’s what you need to know:

Foreign assistance funding represents less than one percent of the federal budget; just one cent of the budget dollar. These low-cost programs save millions of lives every year, address the root causes of poverty, decrease dependency, and build stronger, more resilient societies. Beyond saving countless lives, foreign assistance benefits our own nation’s security by alleviating suffering and decreasing poverty to create a more prosperous and safe world for everyone.

That one percent helps:

  • combat deadly diseases,
  • provide millions of girls around the world access to basic education,
  • respond to famines and food crises that are currently threatening 20 million people around the world,
  • ensure nursing mothers have access to clean drinking water, and
  • provides small-holder farmers with the knowledge they need to grow healthy sustainable crops.

 The foreign affairs budget enables families and communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and build financial independence. It’s a hand-up, not a handout and slashing it will do far more harm than good.

 This is not a partisan issue.  Republican and Democratic Administrations alike have long agreed that targeted foreign assistance is not only the right thing to do from a moral perspective but it’s also in the United State’s best interest.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified before Congress that, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” He was referring to the global instability that will ensue if the State Department and USAID can no longer help communities and families confront challenges and build independence and self-sufficiency. Over 120 retired Generals and Admirals agree and are sounding the alarm over these proposed cuts.

 That’s why we need your help.  If you haven’t made a call to your Congressperson or Senator before, it’s time to pick up the phone.  Trust us – it’s easier than you think.  Here’s how it goes:

 1st  - Find out who your Representatives and Senators are and their contact information by logging on to WhoIsMyRepresentative.com

 2nd - Plan your message.   Keep it short and to-the-point. You won’t have much time and you won’t be speaking directly with your Representative.  Instead, you’ll speak with a staff member or your call will go to voicemail (Yes! Leave a message if that’s the only option!).

 Say something like this:

 Hi, my name is______________ and I live in _________.

I’m a constituent of the Senator/Congressperson and a supporter of CARE, and I’m calling about President Trump’s proposed budget.

I strongly urge Senator/Representative ____ to support a strong international affairs budget of at least $60 billion and to oppose any dramatic and disproportionate cuts to critical, life-saving foreign assistance programs. This dollar amount matches current funding levels and reflects the growing need for humanitarian assistance around the world. I would like a written response to my message.

 Done! 

If you need more support before you make that call, take a look at an earlier step-by-step guide, or drop us a line!  We’re happy to tell you exactly who to call, what to say and how many CARE supporters are in your Representative’s district or state.  Then, once you know how easy it is to make change happen, share your script on your social media pages and ask your friends and followers to help us magnify our efforts.  That’s democracy in action!

 

Ben Weingrod
Acting Deputy Director of Citizen Advocacy
CARE Action

 

 

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