Get Congress to Not Cut the Budget for International Aid

Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: To get Congress to not cut the already limited budget reserved for international aid

The majority of Americans believe that around 24% of the government budget is directed towards international development aid. That number is a gross exaggeration of the truth. The truth is that only .555%, less than 1%, of the government budget is given to aid other countries and individuals living in poverty. The current budget reform talks are planning on cutting this percentage by 30%. This is going to reduce the already limited percentage of aid to .3885%. With such a drastic reduction, very few funds will be left to provide meaningful aid to those mired in poverty and suffering from hunger.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is the agency responsible for distributing international aid to other countries and providing humanitarian relief and assistance to countries in times of crises. If the current budget reform plan is passed, this department will be directly affected. USAID has already stated that if the budget for international aid was reduced by 30%, they would not be able to effectively maintain their current operations. Reducing 30% of the already pitiful budget for international aid would be the same as cutting the program altogether. However, USAID is obviously not the only one who is going to be affected by the budget cuts. Those who are going to be the most affected are the poor living in other countries. International aid is not only used for small-scale assistance such as helping local farmers increase crop production in order to maintain a livable life, but is also used to aid governments in times of natural disasters and citizens in times of war. The fate of international aid should not be left at the whim of the wealthy few, but should be directed by those who have lived and know poverty.

It is important that the government not cut the budget reserved for international aid. To cut .555% of the budget by another 30% would leave international aid virtually nonexistent. USAID could not effectively operate on 70% capacity and those in need in other countries would not receive the assistance needed to survive. It is time that the government consider the fate of those living in other countries, to whom few opportunities are already given. It is urgent that the amount reserved to aid not get cut in order to help those who need it the most.

[PETITION LETTER]

Dear U.S. Congress,

You are planning on cutting the already limited budget for international aid by 30%. This would reduce the percentage from .555% to .3885%. This drastic reduction would severely cripple the department of international development (USAID) and would render their services ineffective or nonexistent. In order to aid those in need in different countries, I urge you to not cut the amount of aid directed to other countries.

The aid current being given to the United States Agency for International Development is used for both small-scale and large-scale projects. Some of the smaller-scale assistance provided to different countries is provided to local farmers or small businesses in order to help them make a better life. On a larger scale, this aid is given to citizens in politically unstable countries who strive for true freedom and democracy or to governments whose countries have fallen victim to natural disasters. This aid is critical in developing economically, politically, and socially stable countries and in making better lives for those living in poverty and suffering from hunger.

In order to uphold the United States reputation as an ally in assisting countries during times of need, it is important that the budget for international aid not get cut. This budget is crucial in supporting equitable economic growth in countries where poverty runs rampant and in rebuilding cities who have been struck by disaster. A cut in this budget would render these services nonexistent or ineffective. Please consider the lives of those who directly benefit from international aid and make an effort to support economic, political, and social growth in countries around the world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

 

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One Comment

  1. Allison Tung says:

    Hi Kiana,

    I think this is a really important issue, given the enormous impact that US international aid has on global poverty and the dire situation in developing nations. I’d love to know your source for the 30% budget reduction that you mention in your petition. As a concerned citizen, could you tell me the particular news or agency outlet where you found that fact?

    Thank you!
    Allison

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