Urgent: Make sure we have enough money to fight poverty in 2014 and 2015

Want to make sure that no child is born with HIV? Make sure we have enough money to fund life-saving development programs over the next two years. 

We never thought it would really happen, but it did.  Led by Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., last night the House passed a bipartisan budget agreement setting overall spending levels for FY14 and FY15.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week. This bill represents a small step in returning to a regular budget and appropriations process.  Music to our ears since the programs we care about won’t be subject to indiscriminate cuts.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 replaces across-the-board spending cuts for FY14 and FY15 with targeted cuts and government fee increases.  Overall, this is good news for non-defense discretionary programs, which would receive $22 billion more in FY14 than in FY13. But there’s a catch and we need your help right now…we don’t yet know what the allocation will be for the international affairs account.  This is the account that funds lifesaving global development programs like PEPFAR, the Global Fund and Feed the Future.

Once the Senate passes the bill and the President signs it into law, the House and Senate appropriations committees will take the $491.7 billion allocated to non-defense programs and divide it among 11 subcommittees.  We need to make sure that the State-Foreign Operations subcommittee receives an appropriate allocation to sufficiently fund lifesaving global development programs. If you are a constituent of one of the appropriations committee members, please be on the lookout for an email from ONE.  We really need you to send a quick email to your representative asking him or her to support a strong allocation for the State-Foreign Operations subcommittee. It is really important that they hear from you and it only takes a minute of your time.

Congress must pass the FY14 spending bills by January 15. It’s crunch time to make sure that cost effective programs that save and improve the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people are fully funded. We will keep you posted on any new developments and thank you so much for lending your voice to defeat extreme poverty.