In 1961, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was founded. USAID has a long list of accomplishments, including 3 million lives are saved through immunization programs annually, increasing life expectancy in the developing world by 33 percent and initiating programs that have resulted in 1.3 billion people receiving safe drinking water and 750 million people receiving sanitation facilities for the first time. In the past 50 years, since USAID was established, infant and child death rates in the developing world have been reduced by 50 percent, and health conditions around the world have improved more during this period than in all previous human history. Now, Congress is putting this all at risk.
Hello, My name is __________ and I am from _________ . I am calling to ask the Senator to support the International Affairs Budget, which funds U.S. government development and humanitarian programs, and work with members of both parties to ensure that these programs are protected. Thank you.
Congress is also risking anti-human trafficking legislation. When you call, you can also ask your Senator to support the Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (s.1301).
A ‘lame duck’ session does not mean that there is not work for Congress to do.