The President's fiscal year 2018 budget request slashes humanitarian aid by about 40% during a time of unprecedented global needs.
Foreign aid not only saves millions of lives, it also helps to build a safer and more stable world for all of us. And it makes up only about 1% of the budget.
In the coming months, it will be up to Congress to decide whether they will cut lifesaving assistance to millions of people — including the 65 million people who are displaced globally and the 20 million people at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia.
Your signature can help protect funding that is a lifeline for so many families at the very end of all hope. Urge your member of Congress to make a stand for foreign aid today.
Dear Member of Congress,
As a constituent, I am writing with deep concern about proposed cuts to the International Affairs budget in FY2018, and ask you to fight for US leadership and robust foreign assistance funding that is saving lives and creating the conditions that prevent and mitigate famine and conflict.
In a year when the threat of famine is historically high, the US must continue to lead the fight against hunger by supporting diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, and development efforts. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan already, and without urgent humanitarian response, the country faces the harsh reality that a generation of children could be lost to hunger.
Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia are also threatened by famine, and between just these four countries, 20 million people are at risk of starvation. Cutting lifesaving humanitarian assistance to accounts like International Disaster Assistance, Food for Peace/Title II, and Migration and Refugee Assistance would hamstring ongoing humanitarian relief efforts. Cuts to the Development Assistance account and Economic Support Fund limits the US government's ability to help communities build resilience to natural disasters and invest in conflict prevention that mitigates violence.
I urge you to reject the President's proposed cuts to foreign assistance and fight for a strong topline funding level for the International Affairs 150 Function in the Budget Resolution and robust "302bs" for the State Department and Foreign Operations and Agriculture Appropriations bills. This will ensure that the US government continues to be a global leader in responding to desperate humanitarian needs while also empowering families to lift themselves out of poverty and build resilience to shocks like drought and floods.