What You Need To Know About The U.S. Budget

Last Thursday, the White House released a budget proposal that calls for crippling funding cuts that would undermine the United Nations' work and be devestating for girls and women around the world. If passed by the U.S. Congress, the UN and its lifesaving agencies could see massive cuts that would put lives at risk - especially girls. 

Our foreign assistance budget funds crucial programs supporting girls’ education, birth registration, child marriage, and girls’ and women’s empowerment both directly through the UN and indirectly through local partner programs. These investments are less than 1% of our federal budget, but make a world of difference to girls in many countries around the world. The proposed budget would also jeopardize the UN’s most vital work to protect the world’s vulnerable during the worst refugee crisis in history. Such reductions run counter to the views of the majority of Americans, undermine universal values, and make the world less stable and secure. 

Members of Congress will consider the President’s request over the next few weeks and release their own proposal. It’s ultimately up to Congress to determine how much they will allocate to the UN.

Your voice is more important than ever before. We can’t put girls at risk by cutting foreign assistance programs. Take one minute (really, it'll only take 60 seconds!) and tell Congress to reject this budget and fully fund the UN, USAID, and State Department to help girls and women around the world have a chance at a future. Let’s make our voices heard on Capitol Hill to say this budget is unacceptable. Girls deserve better.

Then, plan to tune into our advocacy webinar this Wednesday at 8:00pm Eastner to learn more about how cuts to foreign assistance will be devastating to girls and how YOU can make a difference by having an in-district meeting. We'll answer all the questions you have about scheduling an in-district meeting and give you tips for your meeting. RSVP for the advocacy webinar here!

Posted by Julie Willig on Mar 19, 2017 7:10 PM EDT