Many efforts to expand AIDS prevention programs rely on financial assistance from U.S. taxpayers. Currently, a letter circulating among Washington Congressional offices asks President Bush to include higher international aid funding in next year's budget request.
This effort to devote more resources to foreign aid comes at a critical juncture. Given the changing makeup of Congress following the mid-term elections, it is important that the President sees bipartisan support for increased foreign assistance.
President Bush's FY08 Budget request, formally presented in early February, is the first step to ensuring that all programs within the International Affairs Budget receive adequate funding. Typically, the Administration's request sets an important benchmark for the ensuing Congressional debate — therefore, it is essential that the President request a large budget.
In past years, strong encouragement from the American people has led the President and Congress to increase the international affairs budget. This letter will send an important bipartisan message to the Administration and build a strong Congressional voice for increased funding.
As is typical, each house of Congress has developed its own version of this letter: it's called the Feinstein-Coleman-Durbin-Hagel letter in the Senate, and the Berman-Shays letter in the House.
Please urge your Senators and Representatives to add their signature to the appropriate letter by contacting them one of two ways.
1. Call your Senators and Representative in Washington. (Click to find the appropriate Senate and House contact information.) Tell them that you want to see the U.S. devote more of its budget to international aid, and urge them to sign on to the appropriate House or Senate letter that asks President Bush for an increase in next year's international affairs budget.
2. Click here to customize and send an e-mail to your Senators and Representative. We've set up a system that makes it quick and easy.
Calling is considered more effective than sending an e-mail, but weighing in by either method demonstrates your concern and attention to these issues as a constituent. We thank you for your commitment to increasing U.S. efforts to reach out to families in need around the world.