Target: Antony J. Blinken, United States Deputy Secretary of State
Goal: Make the U.S. a leader in eliminating poverty and building a more secure world.
The U.S. can help people struggling with poverty around the globe while also improving quality of life in America, by increasing much-needed funding for foreign policy and operations programs in the International Affairs Budget. Most American citizens considerably overestimate the amount of funding that the U.S. puts toward addressing global poverty, when in reality other “super-star nations” are investing three times more than the U.S. in improving living conditions for the world’s poor.
Also known as Function 150 of the federal budget, these funds allow the U.S. to maintain successful representation at embassies and in foreign countries. The budget also supports a range of foreign aid programs such as efforts to keep peace in the Middle East, assisting with humanitarian disasters, and reducing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
An increase in the budget is essential for assisting the world’s needy and strengthening the global community, and would also significantly benefit Americans. Addressing global poverty positively impacts American life in the way that it creates jobs, strengthens the economy, and improves national security.
Although most Americans believe that international affairs receive 10 percent of the overall budget, in actuality the budget for these programs contributes only 1 percent of the national budget. By signing the petition below you will help advocate for an increase in the International Affairs Budget to fight global poverty, while also improving many aspects of American life.
Dear Deputy Secretary Blinken,
The amount of funding that the U.S. designates for the International Affairs Budget is insufficient when taking into consideration the drastic positive changes the budget could bring for lives both domestically and internationally. The budget allows for the creation of jobs, strengthening of the economy, and improvement in national security, all of which benefit American’s every day lives. The budget also impacts those around the globe by funding a range of foreign aid programs and fighting global poverty.
Currently, the U.S. is not doing enough to help the world’s poor. While $663 billion of the overall U.S. budget is being put toward military spending, only a mere $30 billion of the budget is contributed to addressing global poverty. However according to the former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the U.S. cannot win today’s national security challenges relying on military force alone. Because poverty creates unstable conditions and corruption, increasing the International Affairs Budget and addressing the issue of global poverty would improve national security.
America’s economic growth is also linked to global growth, which would benefit from an increase in the International Affairs Budget and U.S. assistance to the world’s poor. Once people transition out of poverty to become consumers, new markets open for U.S. companies and create jobs for Americans.
Increasing funding for the International Affairs Budget would save lives and improve conditions both domestically and abroad. I am urging you to better the lives of Americans while addressing global poverty and increase the International Affairs Budget.
[Your Name Here]
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