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tell congress to make the poor a priority

In the proposed 2009 budget that is currently being debated in the Senate the international affairs budget is being cut by 2.6 billion dollars. This is money that is used for foreign aid to countries in need. Senators Smith and Feinstein have proposed an amendment to the budget that would restore these funds that are much needed in the battle against poverty and hunger. ONE has put together a petition that will be sent to every senator before the budget comes up for a vote, probably on Thursday. You can add your voice by signing the petition here. The text of the petition reads:

“In the great American tradition of helping others help themselves, we, the undersigned, ask that the U.S. Senate pass the Feinstein-Smith amendment to restore $2.6 billion to the international affairs budget. “

Or even better, take a few minutes and send a letter or email to your senators personally. You can find their contact information here. I sent mine today. Not that I have much faith in my senators to do the right thing, but outside of Oklahoma there may be more hope.

Make noise. If we can do nothing else, we can certainly do that.

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