Congress, Do NOT Cut International Aid
President Trump has proposed to cut U.S. funding for international aid by 28%. This would have a devastating impact on moms and babies around the world.
Since it is Congress that controls the “power of the purse,” we must tell our elected officials to NOT cut the foreign aid budget.
And here’s why:
- U.S. Funding Saves Lives: Our foreign assistance budget covers the cost of proven, life-saving programs, such as providing food and medicine to children experiencing the devastating effects of famine and training health volunteers in countries around the world on infant and child feeding to prevent malnutrition. These investments make up less than 1% of our federal budget - just 1 (tiny) cent of every taxpayer dollar - but they make a lifetime of difference for babies around the world.
- There’s an Urgent Need: President Trump's proposed budget cuts come at a time when the world is facing the worst famine since World War II. We should be doing everything we can to save the young lives effected by this crisis, not turning our backs on them.
- Nutrition is a Smart Investment: For every $1 invested in improving nutrition in the 1,000 day window between pregnancy and age two, we see a return of $48 in better health and economic productivity. Talk about getting the biggest bang for our buck!
In a nutshell, investing in international aid is a smart decision and is part of our longstanding American legacy of compassion and goodwill that we must continue.
As Congress reviews the budget for the year, this is our opportunity to tell Congress to NOT to cut the foreign aid budget. That’s why we need you to add your name to the message below right away.
Now is NOT the time to cut international aid. Instead please continue to invest in life-saving programs by securing and protecting the fiscal year 2018 International Affairs budget. All children deserve the opportunity to a healthy start in life.