February 16, 2011: Tell Congress to Protect Human Needs and Foreign Aid
The House of Representatives is set to vote tomorrow on a Continuing Resolution that will continue to fund FY 2011 federal programs through the end of September. The proposed plan would slash more than $65 billion in the next seven months. Many of the cuts take place in important human needs programs that seriously assist vulnerable communities around the country. Some programs like Family Planning (Title X), the Green Jobs Innovation Fund, Americorp and Hunger Free Communities will be eliminated all together. Other important programs, including LIHEAP (heating and cooling assistance for low-income individuals), Community Health Centers, housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities, programs through the Environmental Protection Agency, and Head Start would see serious reductions.
Additionally, the current proposal before the House of Representatives dramatically cuts the United States’ international assistance budget. Robust funding enables the United States to safeguard interests and promote our values abroad, and confront threats to our national security. Extensive resources are required to strengthen political, economic and defense ties with a range of nations, including our staunch ally Israel; confront humanitarian crises such as the genocide in Darfur; advance human development and international exchange; defend human rights; and tackle afflictions such as hunger and HIV/AIDS.
While it is critical to make sure our long-term deficit is decreased, the proposed cuts would disproportionately target programs and services that serve millions of low- and moderate-income Americans, and undermine our interests abroad. These draconian cuts will have serious impacts. Urge Congress to protect human needs programs and international assistance in order keep America strong.