This could be really bad.
This week, the House and the Senate are putting out their blueprints for the budget. And they’ll start voting on it immediately. And we’re hearing that the programs we fight for every day could be slashed.
Things are different this year. Congress has to – by law – make mandatory cuts in this year’s overall budget. So we’ve got to fight harder and louder than everyone else to make sure poverty-fighting aid (which is less than 1% of the total budget) isn’t thrown under the bus.
We need you now more than ever. Click here to sign our petition and tell Congress the world’s poorest don’t deserve these cuts.
The petition says:
Please protect, prioritize and increase critical global poverty-fighting programs – like Global Fund, PEPFAR and Feed the Future – in the FY16 budget.
So what could these cuts really mean?
Well, as we’ve been talking about a lot lately, girls and women get hit a lot harder in the fight against extreme poverty. So these cuts could mean moms won’t get the medicine they need to make sure their babies are born HIV-free. It could mean girls won’t get to go to school. It could mean female farmers won’t get the fertilizer they need to help pull their families – their communities – out of poverty for good.
Seriously? These are the cuts that Congress wants to make? From the world’s poorest?
Funding for global poverty-fighting programs is already less than 1% of the budget. It can’t get cut even more.
We know we’ve told you before that budget cuts are bad. And we know it doesn’t always seem like signing a petition makes a difference. But we just met with more than 250 congressional offices on Capitol Hill. We told them this was coming. And they told us they’d be looking out for it – and that it could make a big difference.