Act Now: Tell Congress to Pass a Responsible Budget
By Eric Mitchell
This week, Congress is expected to consider a continuing resolution that would fund the government at current levels through December, avoiding a government shutdown. While this is a temporary fix, it allows the across-the board-cuts known as sequestration to stand. If left in place, sequestration will continue to drastically cut programs that help the most vulnerable, such as the nation’s international poverty-focused development assistance programs.
The effects of sequestration are just beginning to become apparent. This year alone, sequestration will have the following effects around the world:
- More than 570,000 children in developing countries will be denied nutritional interventions during their first 1,000 days of development. These interventions save lives and help prevent the irreversible damage caused by malnutrition.
- Roughly 2 million people around the world will experience reduced or denied access to lifesaving food aid.
Congress must put an end to the budget brinksmanship and repeated short-term extensions. Ask your senators and representative to pass a responsible budget that provides robust funding for international poverty-focused development assistance programs and puts an end to sequestration. Send an email or call now!
We expect Congress to vote on this proposal this week. Email or call your senators and representative today and urge them to support international poverty-focused development assistance. Use our toll-free number, 800-826-3688, to be connected to the Capitol switchboard, or send an email.
Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations.
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