Tell Congress: Don't abandon the children!
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I write to urge Congress to oppose cuts and support the Senate Appropriations Committee's numbers for foreign assistance for 2012. And I urge the Congressional super committee to preserve robust assistance for our most impoverished and vulnerable neighbors around the world in the decade ahead. Humanitarian and poverty-focused foreign assistance is less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget. Cutting it won't make a dent in the deficit, but it will harm our longer term future and the world's. Deep cuts to foreign assistance will mean that millions of additional people will go hungry. Countless more children will lose their lives to preventable and treatable diseases. Refugees and victims of disasters will have no place to turn. And there will be a halt to recent progress in development. Helping our neighbors in need help themselves increases security for Americans by bringing more human security in the most fragile places in the world. It helps avoid future military conflicts and lays the groundwork for future economic growth. Providing help for families and communities in poor countries is a responsible fiscal policy that will save money and even increase revenues later on. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. And when asked "Who is my neighbor," he told a story that emphatically included the "foreigner" in that circle of neighborly love. People are struggling in the United States, and maintaining vital programs to assist them must be a priority. But aiding our global neighbors in need is also a priority, and costs so very little in relative terms. Our lives and future here in the U.S. are bound together with the lives and futures of others. We cannot ignore their needs without endangering our own. As a people, we can be compassionate neighbors and help create a more secure and prosperous world for ourselves and for everyone by helping to meet the basic needs of our neighbors around the world.
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