Did you know that the International Affairs budget (which is just 1.4 percent of the total federal budget) provides critical, life-saving assistance to combat extreme poverty, hunger, child mortality and diseases like AIDS and malaria?
A robust budget for these programs demonstrates who we are as Americans (as well as how those of us, who believe in Christ and strive to follow Him, should be at our very core) — people of hope, compassion and generosity. There are few places in the U.S. federal budget where dollars translate so directly into lives saved.
Join me in asking Congress to support the president’s FY 2011 budget request for international affairs.
World Vision provided a template to help get you started in writing your own letter. There is a direct form on their website, which will automatically send to your congressman or congresswoman. Go here to gain access to that form.
Below, is the letter I sent just moments ago. I tweaked the template and added my own voice. I encourage you to do the same, though you are not required to make any changes. I believe this is of the utmost importance! I hope voice can be heard.
I am writing on a sincere and deep concern over the International Affairs Budget passed by the House of Representatives. I am aware the Senate is preparing to vote on Fiscal Year 2011 funding, yet I plead with you to oppose the disproportionate cuts which are proposed and outlined in the Affairs Budget.
This part of the federal budget is comparatively small (just 1.4 percent), yet was subject to some of the largest reductions despite providing critical, life-saving assistance to combat extreme poverty, hunger, child mortality and diseases like AIDS and malaria. Such action will have minor impact on the deficit, but will result in devastating consequences for countless poor families around the world.
A robust budget for these programs demonstrates the best of American values — hope, compassion and generosity. There are few places in the federal budget where such great success has been achieved, support has stretched across political parties and dollars have translated so directly into lives saved.
As a supporter of World Vision’s work, I believe that fighting extreme poverty, global hunger and disease is in America’s national interest. It’s also the right thing to do. Today, hundreds of thousands of people in Africa and around the world are alive because of America’s historic commitment to fight AIDS. Similar cost-effective programs are generating real results. With your support, our impact can continue.
Help America take this opportunity to save more lives and not undermine our investment in people. I believe this is what our country is richly founded in. The consideration of freedom, protection from preventable harm, and a generosity to aide our fellow men, women and children. I urge you to stop and intensely consider how continuing with these drastic cuts to an already embarrassingly small percentage, will affect the very character America stands for.
Thank you for your consideration. Thank you for taking the time to listen. Thank you for what you do, daily, to uphold our voice. I look forward to your response.