Call your U.S. Senators today and tell them to oppose all additional cuts to the International Affairs Budget.

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  1. Call the phone number above and tell the person answering the phone that you are a constituent from (your hometown).
  2. Tell them you’re calling to urge your Senator to oppose amendments that make additional cuts to the International Affairs Budget.
  3. Use the talking points below if you’d like.

Talking Points on Senate Action on the FY12 International Affairs Budget

These Cuts Will Diminish America’s Global Leadership and Competiveness

  • International Affairs programs help tackle the root causes of conflict and extremism, respond to humanitarian crises, and build new markets for U.S. goods and services. 
  • But these programs are being forced to shoulder disproportionately deep budget cuts – cuts that are not in our nation’s best interests.
  • The International Affairs Budget absorbed nearly 20% of the total spending cuts in the final FY11 spending agreement earlier this year, even though it’s only 1.4% of the budget.
  • With the FY12 State-Foreign Operations bill on the Senate floor, the International Affairs Budget is very vulnerable to amendments that would make additional deep cuts.
  • These amendments, if adopted, could result in the steepest cuts to International Affairs programs since the height of the Cold War.
  • These are real cuts with harmful consequences. 
  • We urge you to oppose amendments to the FY12 State-Foreign Operations bill that will impose further deep cuts to international affairs programs.