Save Foreign Assistance Funding!


Congress is actively debating the fate of foreign aid. In February, the House of Representatives passed a budget for 2011 that cuts life-saving humanitarian and development programs, including a 67 percent reduction in international disaster assistance and a 41 percent cut to food aid.

The Senate opposes these drastic cuts, but everyone is under intense pressure to compromise. We need your help to say that compromising on foreign aid means compromising on human lives. Communities supported by our life-saving foreign assistance funding would feel a devastating impact — more lives lost to HIV/AIDS and starvation, fewer children in school and the U.S. unable to respond to those in need when a crisis strikes. These cuts would harm our country by weakening our security and undercutting future economic prosperity.

Call your member of Congress to tell them: do not cut foreign aid!

Call your Senator’s and Representative’s district offices (if no number provided, call their DC office)

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Sample script:

My name is [First Name] [Last Name] and I am a constituent living in [City], [State].

Please tell Representative/Senator ____________ that I oppose cuts to the foreign aid budget.

I urge you to save foreign aid funding because:

  • Foreign aid represents a tiny fraction of the budget (1%), yet has a big impact.
  • Our emergency food assistance saves millions of lives in Sub-Saharan Africa each year.
  • Our disaster assistance has saved millions more in Haiti, Pakistan and around the world.
  • Our development programs build schools, provide healthcare and strengthen economies.
  • Cutting foreign aid will not balance our budget, but would endanger millions of lives.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have not done so already, you can also send an e-mail to tell your member of Congress to take action to save foreign assistance funding.