Foreign assistance represents less than one percent of the US federal budget. Since 1990, this critical funding from the US has contributed to halving preventable child deaths. Thanks to this vital funding, communities are becoming stronger around the world.
But in the budget requests released on March 16, President Trump called for dramatic cuts to foreign assistance. These cuts would impact the lives of millions around the world who rely on American leadership to access lifesaving vaccines.
We are closer than ever to seeing the end of polio. There were only 37 cases of polio globally in 2016, and five cases have been reported thus far in 2017. Eradicating polio is expected to produce $50B in economic productivity over the following 20 years.
Polio is 99.9% eradicated and it’s our goal to fully eradicate the disease by 2019. If we reach this goal, polio would be only the second human disease to be completely eradicated in the history of the world. The US has been a leader in the fight against polio from the beginning of the campaign in 1988. Now we must continue to lead in this effort in order to achieve full eradication of the disease.
Join us in encouraging Congress to support continued funding for polio eradication efforts in 2018.
Wiping polio from the face of the earth will help build strong communities worldwide.
Here's what you need to do:
1. Fill out the relevant information on the call prompt and click on the "Call Now" button. You should recieve a call.
2. Answer your phone and follow instructions by the operator. Once you are connected to the Capitol Switchboard, follow the instructions to either contact your Senator or House Representative.
3. Say the following when you are connected to your Senator's or Representative's office:
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ______. I’m calling because I support foreign assistance and want the United States to pledge robust funding for polio eradication in 2018.
Can you please ask Senator/Rep. ______ to fully fund polio eradication efforts through the CDC and USAID?