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On February 14th, President Obama released his International Affairs Budget for FY2012, totaling $53.1 billion. The House recently followed up with a bill that proposes 18% cuts to global programs that promote agriculture and economic development and 9% cuts to global health programs. And the Senate? They're proposing no cuts at all - and in some instances, even small increases.
It's a fact that not everybody knows: less than 1% of the total US budget goes to lifesaving programs for the world's poor. But this 1% saves lives, fights poverty, disease and corruption for generations to come. So if the House cuts are approved, it means that 50,000 kids won't get treatment for malaria, 900,000 children won't get nutrition interventions and 1.1 million children won't get immunized. So we've got to make sure that Congress supports the Senate version of FY2012 budget bill.
To help protect poverty-fighting programs in next year's budget, add your name to our petition here. And keep checking back for updates on the latest news and what you can do to help.
A look at what the deficit reduction deal means for global poverty programs this year and beyond. MORE
Disproportional cuts to global poverty programs puts ONE's priorities at risk. MORE
Every year shortly after delivering the State of the Union address, the President submits his budget request to Congress for the following fiscal year.
Each day this week, we'll highlight a major accomplishment in the fight against poverty that ONE members helped achieve in 2011. Today, ONE's Assistant Director of ONE's Government Relations Team Maryamu Aminu discusses our impact on the US FY2012 budget. Did the year fly by for you ... More
We have much reason to be thankful this November. In my last post, I explained that we were at a critical juncture in the budget process, and why it was important that ONE members, their families and friends contact their senators with an urgent message to support the current Senate ... More
A guest post from Molly Lester of the US Global Leadership Coalition This week, five former Secretaries of State, representing both Democrats and Republican administrations, sent a letter to Congress raising concerns about additional cuts to diplomacy and development programs in the FY12 appropriations. Former Secretaries Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger ... More
This week, the Senate is making important decisions on the FY2012 US International Affairs Budget. You can take action now by telling the Senate to VOTE NO on cuts to life-saving, poverty-fighting programs here: http://act.one.org/call/vote_no_senate_2012_budgetElizabeth and Victoria. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard/ONE. You have responded ... More
Big news. As you know, last week we delivered signatures from ONE's "Fight the Famine, Feed the Future" petition to all Senate offices here in DC. Senator Durbin just responded, reaffirming his commitment to "work for adequate funding for humanitarian assistance programs as the Senate considers the Fiscal Year ... More
Next week, the Senate will consider the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill which funds the State Department and US foreign assistance programs. Our senators have the opportunity to reaffirm American leadership in fighting poverty and preventable diseases around the world by protecting the Senate funding levels contained ... More
Today's mark up demonstrates that, despite these challenging fiscal times, Democrats and Republicans can come together to protect the most vulnerable. As this bill is finalized, we hope additional funding can be found for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in order to meet President Obama's commitment to scale up resources over the next three years. MORE
We believe the current bill could have harmful consequences on America's effective work in saving lives and lifting people out of extreme poverty. We look forward to working with both the House and Senate to restore funding in key global health and development accounts as the budget process moves forward. MORE