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Urge your senator to co-sponsor the Kerry-Lugar Amendment

March 31, 2009

By Jennifer Browning

Last week, the Senate Budget Committee cut President Obama’s FY10 International Affairs Budget request by $4 billion. The International Affairs budget funds global AIDS programs and humanitarian aid to developing countries like Haiti, as well as critical development and diplomatic initiatives that will save live and improve America’s relations with the rest of the world.

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) are introducing an amendment to return the International Affairs budget to the level requested by President Obama. Call your Senator today to prevent drastic cuts in the International Affairs Budget, and urge them to support this amendment and oppose any other cuts that would seriously jeopardize vital global programs in health and development. Funding for the International Affairs Budget has made a critical difference in the lives of families in impoverished nations around the world, and it is this funding which allows for implementing programs that save millions.

Take Action NOW! Call the Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator’s office. Encourage your senator to support the Kerry-Lugar amendment, which would restore the $4 billion cut to the FY10 International Affairs Budget. We must do all we can to gain support for the Kerry-Lugar amendment. It is critically important that you contact your Senators NOW! Call the Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator’s office and urge them to:

* Co-sponsor the Kerry-Lugar Amendment

* Oppose any further cutting amendments

* and Speak out in support of the Kerry-Lugar Amendment and the importance of the International Affairs budget.

Senators need to know they have popular support for the International Affairs Budget. Anything less than the request level of $53.8 billion will greatly hamper President Obama’s efforts to implement programs essenial for millions of children and vulnerable families around the world.

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