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Budget Cuts Take Aim at the World’s Poor

Budget Cuts Take Aim at the World’s Poor

Over the weekend, the House approved more than $60 billion in budget cuts from hundreds of federal programs. Unfortunately, some of these cuts threaten the health and survival of the world’s most vulnerable.

Setting a budget — and living within one’s means — is always difficult. But cutting back in areas of human health and basic survival borders on irresponsible. Rather than facing up to the hard choices (I mean, hello, Congress, you still think we should spend millions in taxpayer dollars on NASCAR?), they’re trying to put band-aids on the gaping wound of the U.S. deficit.

Poverty-fighting, cost-effective programs — which make up less than one percent of the US budget — were gutted. Programs that save lives by fighting AIDS, malaria and hunger were cut by 40%. Programs that promote long-term economic growth were cut up to 30%.

These cuts are more than just numbers. If approved by the Senate, these cuts will have a real impact on the men, women and children who need these programs to survive. The budget cuts to the Global Fund alone would keep 10 million malaria bed nets from being delivered to malaria prone communities, prevent 3.7 million people from getting tested for HIV and deny 400,000 new patients from getting life-saving anti-retroviral treatments.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote earlier this week, cuts of this size will be “devastating to our national security, will render us unable to respond to unanticipated disasters and will damage our leadership around the world.”

While it may be easy to think the errors of the House will be fixed in the Senate, there is a building pressure inside the Senate to let the cuts pass. With 23 Senators facing reelection in 2012, voting to restore these cuts can feel pretty risky.

So as the budget debate rolls off into the Senate, raise your voice and support the Senators who see the value of life-saving programs as key to American leadership and long-term national security.

Take action: tell your senators to not budget cut the poor.

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8:14PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thank you.

9:36AM PST on Feb 14, 2014

There is a concerted effort by a consortium of billionaires to "starve" out the poor in this world. The reasoning is that the world is overpopulated and the planet would be better "managed" with fewer (NOT less) people on this globe!
The people who run these countries on this planet always serve those whom have the larger bank accounts. Why would you support people whom are unable to donate the millions of dollars needed to run a campaign? Give the 1% the much wanted laws which serve them well and screw the poor, disenfranchised and those whom are in real and dire need of our help!

12:30PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

So sad!

12:06PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

What a shame!

1:41AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

very interesting article

1:55PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you Alicia, for Sharing this!

9:11AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Very sad. And it is sad that the people who have a lot of money get more and more and the poor lose more and more money, hope, etc

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

10:10PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

There is one sure fire way to fix the budget, make a commitment to cut war spending in half starting with the funding of private companies like black water and Halliburton.

2:18AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Thank you for posting

4:53PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Sorry but the US cannot feed the whole world.

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