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U.S. Congress Should Protect Foreign Assistance To Uphold Nation’s ‘Core Values’

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Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.)

“…U.S. funding to humanitarian organizations is vital to reach … women and families in need. … Knowing the critical role our foreign assistance plays, I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up and protect this funding from any further cuts and ask them to fight to restore critical funding that is slated to be eliminated. Foreign assistance, which accounts for roughly one percent of the federal budget, saves lives, particularly during catastrophes like the Syrian civil war, and it prevents similar crises from occurring in other endangered areas of the world. … [T]he Trump administration’s proposed budget would endanger the efforts of the U.S. government and partners … These cuts would halt progress, cost lives, and create continued suffering and pain in communities around the globe. … We have an obligation to make sure [the federal budget] reflects our country’s core values and stand by our long and proud bipartisan legacy of foreign policy leadership. It is time for us to step up and live our humanitarian values out loud” (9/5).

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