It is hard to imagine a worse time to consider cutting lifesaving international aid, which currently amounts to less than half of one percent of the federal budget. But that is exactly what President Trump’s newly-released “skinny” budget for fiscal year 2018 proposes.
Right now, we are facing the worst outbreak of famine that the world has seen in decades. Twenty million people are at risk in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Children are already dying of starvation, and we know now that starvation will become more widespread in the months ahead.
In addition, we are experiencing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with an estimated 65 million people forced to flee their homes. We need to do more, not less.
Yet, we are a people of hope. We are a people of action. The United States has long been a global leader in providing lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people in the world, helping families survive and helping communities rebuild and become self-sufficient.
Through the years, working with both Democrats and Republicans, Bread for the World has helped strengthen and improve our nation’s lifesaving foreign aid. Now is the time to protect it.
We are asking faith leaders in key states to join us in speaking out to protect lifesaving aid. See if your state is listed below, and click the link to read and sign the letter. Then, encourage other faith leaders to join you!
Your members of Congress work for you, and we have seen again and again the impact faithful advocacy can have on their decisions. Together, we bear witness. Together, we can protect lifesaving aid.