Supporting the International affairs budget in the US

A ONE member hands over  the petition to Senator Cornyn’s office in Texas
A ONE member hands over the petition to Senator Cornyn’s office in Texas.

On 1 February, President Obama released his request for the 2001 US budget. The Administration requested $58.5 billion for the international affairs budget – an increase of $6.1 billion over 2010 levels – including key investments in global agriculture and a more comprehensive approach to improving global health, including efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases and improvements to maternal and child health.

To ensure that President Obama’s $58.5 billion request becomes a reality, ONE members across the US have been hard at work calling, writing, petitioning, and even Tweeting their members of Congress.

Earlier this month, over 33,000 ONE members signed a petition asking their senators to sign on to a bipartisan budget letter circulating in the US Senate reinforcing this request. And all this week, ONE members in congressional districts across the US have been hand-delivering these petitions to their elected officials, and calling those senators who have not yet signed on. As of today, 24 senators signed the letter in support of President Obama’s international affairs budget request.

We’ll keep you posted in coming days, weeks, and months as the budget process moves forward in the US.

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