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World Vision urges Senate to protect funding to International Affairs budget


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Holly Frew
World Vision Media Relations Manager
202.596.8509

Washington, DC (March 22, 2013) – As the U.S. Senate considers a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, World Vision urges members to oppose any amendments that would reduce funding for the international affairs budget or that would withdraw the United States from the United Nations.

World Vision Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy Robert Zachritz says:

"There are very few places in the federal budget where cuts can directly lead to lost lives, but cuts to the international affairs budget is one of those critical places. Funding for AIDS medicine, malaria bed nets, child vaccinations, life-saving food aid or emergency disaster response would all be affected, resulting in millions of lives lost. Balancing the federal budget is a moral issue but so is saving children's lives.

The international affairs budget is already under severe pressure. It has already been cut disproportionately compared to other accounts, being reduced by 20 percent since 2010. The international affairs budget represents just one percent of the entire budget. Cuts would do little to help our fiscal woes, but they would dramatically affect the lives of people in need around the world.

With recent global crises, the international affairs budget is also being asked to do more on diplomatic security and civilian programs in Iraq and Afghanistan as the US pulls back on our military operations. Diplomacy and development serve as a less expensive way of handling and preventing conflict than the cost of a military operation."

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