Careless Cuts Cost Lives!
Tell Congress to protect the poor and vulnerable overseas as they finalize spending for Fiscal Year 2013
BACKGROUND: Your advocacy efforts are needed this summer to support the tiny portion of the budget that saves millions of lives globally by providing food to the hungry, shelter to refugees, helping small farmers grow more crops, and educating children.
We know that our nation’s fiscal challenges are significant. However, poverty-focused international assistance makes up less than 0.5% of the U.S. federal budget. Cutting this assistance will not balance the federal budget. For further background, read the letters sent to the Senate and House Subcommittees by Bishop Richard Pates, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services.
U.S. poverty-focused international assistance is making it possible for children in poor, remote villages in India to receive a polio vaccine. While polio is rare, it is a frightening prospect in India and other developing countries. Moreover, a polio outbreak in India or elsewhere in the world could have serious consequences for unvaccinated people in far-off places, spreading rapidly and causing paralysis in children for life and sometimes even killing them.
ACTION: Please send an electronic message to your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to support poverty-focused international assistance in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills at the Senate levels. While it is unclear exactly when the bill will be finalized due to the upcoming election, ongoing messages from you will continue to solidify support for poverty-focused humanitarian and development programs.
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