Target: Ms. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Block cut in funding for the State Department that will hit foreign aid and the United Nations.
The Trump administration will severely cut funding for foreign aid and contributions to the United Nations. The proposal appoints 29 percent less financial resources to the State Department and reflects a dramatic shift in the U.S. foreign policy: programs would have to meet specific U.S. interests, which are now guided by an “America First” focus. The move is even more problematic as the world currently faces the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million under the threat of famine in countries of Africa and the Middle East.
The State Department is responsible for several U.S. development and economic aid programs around the world. Its funding will shrink from $36.7 billion to $25.6 billion, and the cut will leave behind or completely dismantle programs whose missions are now considered as poorly conceived or insufficient in advancing U.S. foreign policy goals. In the new budget, funding for U.N. peacekeeping and development banks such as the World Bank are reduced — not to mention a slash in climate change prevention and cultural exchange programs.
While President Trump claims that the world should pay a fair share and that the government should not send money to countries that are not highly relevant to the U.S., the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is working on solving a global emergency. More than 20 million people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are facing famine or a credible risk of starvation over the next six months. This U.N. Office needs $5.6 billion in the coming months, of which at $4.4 billion are required urgently. This terrifying situation provides a concrete example of what can happen when the U.S., one of the richest countries in the world, fails to take leadership and acknowledge its contribution to international affairs. The money cut by the Trump administration is essential to several initiatives around the world and have a tremendous impact on world safety and peace. Sign the petition to guarantee that priorities are correctly defined and vulnerable populations are not harmed by Trump’s reckless administrative and political decisions.
Dear Ms. Pelosi,
Severe budget cuts by the Trump administration will have a detrimental impact both nationally and internationally. The State Department, which is responsible for several U.S. development and economic aid programs around the world, will have a 29 percent decrease in its budget and funding for U.N. peacekeeping and development banks such as the World Bank will be reduced — not to mention a slash in climate change prevention and cultural exchange programs. The new budget is even more problematic in the light of the current crisis of famine in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. More than 20 million people need urgent help from wealthy countries like the United States.
I rely on you to take a strong leadership role and resolutely stand against these cuts. It is unacceptable that the so-called “America first” perspective leads to a reckless foreign policy, in a complete lack of solidarity.
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