23 Organizations Tell Congress to Fund Prevention
By Mary Stata on 05/16/2011 @ 03:30 PM
Now that the ink is dry on the fiscal year 2011 budget, Congress is back in Washington after spring recess and turning its attention to the fiscal year 2012 budget. Even though the deficit, Medicare reform, and spending cuts dominate the headlines, FCNL continues to lobby for greater investment in civilian tools that help prevent deadly conflict.
Lobbying for these small, yet vital, accounts can be a tough sell in this budget climate. However, we’re not alone. FCNL coordinates the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG) a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, and peace organizations dedicated to preventing deadly conflict and protecting civilians who are threatened by this violence. PPWG recently sent a letter to members of Congress who determine the funding levels for the State Department and US Agency for International Development. The letter argues that working with international partners and investing in prevention accounts like the Complex Crises Fund and Civilian Response Corps, will save the US lives and treasure in the coming years.
With your help, we succeeded in protecting the Complex Crises Fund from being eliminated in the fiscal year 2011 budget. However, it’s clear that we still have our work cut out for the next budget cycle. You can take action and support prevention accounts by contacting your Member of Congress. In the coming months, we’ll keep you updated on our progress and continue to lobby for strong prevention funding. Will you join us?