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Support Poverty-Focused Foreign Aid Around the World

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Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice.

About the Petition

Global poverty is a moral, economic, and national security issue. Right now, 40 percent of the world’s population—more than 2.5 billion people—lives in poverty, struggling to survive on less than $2 per day.

American poverty-fighting assistance saves lives and helps millions of people lift themselves out of poverty, all for less than 1 percent of the federal budget. With a small investment from the U.S. government, our foreign aid programs support local community leaders as they take action to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty: They're able to build a dream, build a business, support their family, or help their community.

We can't afford to let Congress cut lifesaving foreign assistance programs—because they work. That's why we need your voice right now.

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To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support full funding for poverty-focused development assistance in the International Affairs Budget and to oppose any budget cuts to lifesaving foreign assistance for the world's poorest communities.

I support effective aid programs that save lives and deliver results, and I ask you to do the same. Right now, 40 percent of the world's population—more than 2.5 billion people—lives in poverty, struggling to survive on less than $2 per day. The persistence of global poverty poses a challenge to our security, prosperity, and values.

While I recognize our nation's fiscal constraints, poverty-focused assistance represents less than 1 percent of the federal budget, which is nearly all the funding America devotes to fighting global poverty, disease, hunger, and the destabilizing effects of extreme weather on the world's poorest countries and communities.

To help address the needs of those living in acute poverty, I urge you to fully fund the poverty-focused development programs and accounts.

This includes

  • $1.2 billion for Feed the Future and $158 million for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Trust Fund,
  • $190 million for USAID's climate adaptation programs,
  • $1.5 billion for Millennium Challenge Corporation,
  • $1.5 billion for USAID Operating expenses, and
  • $2.1 billion for International Disaster Assistance.

These tools are critical for sustaining American leadership to build a better, safer world. I urge you to fully fund these effective programs and oppose any budget cuts to poverty-focused development assistance for the world's poorest communities.

Sincerely, 

[Your name here]

Action Updates

  • 20 January 2015

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    Edna Rossenas
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    Cicero, NY
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    Boonton, NJ
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    Hampton, NH
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    Richmond, VA
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    Asheville, NC
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    Longmont, CO
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    Eugene, OR
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