Letter to my State Representatives:
I am writing to you as a Borgen Project advocate as well as one of your constituents. I wanted to reach out to you to ask you to please support The International Affairs Budget. With limited dollars available to fund the development programs aimed at ending global poverty, the current legislation we are fighting for aims to ensure that taxpayer funds are used more efficiently while also allowing us to help an additional eight to twelve million people (Food for Peace Reform Act, S. 525); decreases mother and infant mortality rates (The Reach Every Mother and Child Act, S. 1911 / H.R. 3706); and will focus on education for young displaced peoples, with a concentration on girls, which will likely contribute to the reduction of extremism in vulnerable countries across the world (Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act, H.R.5735).
The issues we are fighting for are for things that we take for granted in the United States – while I face my own financial and professional struggles living here, they are nothing compared to the hardships of the families living in underdeveloped nations who don’t know any other way of life. I am blessed to be a military spouse living in the United States, which allows me to treat my chronic illness easily, have a home for my children to grow up in and food in our home that will feed us three times a day. Knowing that there are parents who are unable to provide these basic human needs to their children is truly heartbreaking and I believe we should do as much as we are able to do to help these impoverished nations.
The International Affairs Budget is already able to do great things to help developing nations, however, increased funding would allow us to accomplish so much more in the fight to end global poverty. Please consider supporting an increase in the International Affairs Budget, as well as the global poverty-related bills that are currently making their way through The Senate and The House. Support of these issues will give us the opportunity to make a better world for all of us to live in, thank you very much for your time.