Call Congress Today and Protect Foreign Assistance for Hungry People
Today, anti-hunger activists from across the United States are mobilizing for a national call-in day. Bread for the World will unite with other organizations to ensure that the phones of Congress ring all day with a single, unified message: Protect funding for lifesaving poverty-focused foreign assistance.
Congress 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 poverty and hunger in developing countries. Even though this funding accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, it is in extreme danger.
The budget deal members of Congress passed in August requires limits to the overall amount Congress can spend. For the first time, international assistance—which includes poverty-focused foreign assistance—must compete with defense, homeland security, and other national security accounts to pay for these lifesaving programs. That means 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.
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on this funding and supported much higher levels than the House. As the appropriations bills go to the Senate floor, we need your voice to defend the higher Senate numbers so that lifesaving funding can continue to reach the people who need it most.
Call Congress today. Urge your U.S. representative and your U.S. senators to support the higher Senate numbers in the final appropriations bill for poverty-focused development assistance. Use our toll-free number to call the Capitol switchboard today: 1-800-826-3688. Ask for your member of Congress and your senators. Please make your call by Monday at 5 p.m. EST.
Thank you for your voice—we need every one of you!
Monica Mills is director of government relations at Bread for the World.
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Posted by Bread on September 26, 2011 in Advocacy, Bible on Hunger, Global Hunger, Hunger and the U.S. Budget, Hunger in the News, Solutions to U.S. Poverty, U.S. Hunger / Comments (1) / TrackBack (0)
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