Call and Stop Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs

November 3, 2011 at 4:58 am Leave a comment

The Senate is making budget decisions right now
that will impact millions of lives around the world. One of those decisions has
to do with the amount of funding our government devotes to programs that
alleviate hunger and poverty in developing countries.

This funding is in extreme danger—even though it
accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget. The budget deal members
of Congress approved in August requires limits to the overall amount Congress
can spend. For the first time, aid to small farmers or nutrition programs for
mothers and children are competing with military spending for federal dollars in
the fiscal year 2012 budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted recently
on this funding and supported much higher levels than the House of
Representatives.

As the appropriations bills go to the Senate floor
this week, dangerous amendments to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s funding
levels will likely be offered. We need you to defend the higher Senate
numbers and oppose any further cuts to this lifesaving funding.

It is critical that Sen. Merkley and Sen. Wyden
hear from you now. Tell him or her to protect lifesaving poverty-focused
foreign assistance by opposing amendments that further cut this vital
funding.

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