Ask your member of Congress to support international poverty-focused assistance.
Background: On March 16, the president released a budget request and blueprint that proposes deep cuts to humanitarian and development assistance, as well as peace-building programs, while increasing overall military spending by $54 billion. The proposed cuts could result in as many as 40 million people losing emergency humanitarian assistance. In addition, vital programs providing much-needed food assistance, health services and longer-term development projects would also face cuts.
But while the president proposes a budget, it is now up to Congress to debate and approve the funding levels. Let your members of Congress know that you strongly support international poverty-focused programs.
Faith reflection: Scripture admonishes us to bear one another’s burdens, and in this way we will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Also, we must not neglect to do good and to share what we have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:16).
Action: Ask your member of Congress to support international poverty focused assistance.
Alert prepared by Charles Kwuelum, Legislative Associate for International affairs, April 06, 2017.
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