Protect the United Nations from budget cuts

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My Story

It makes me angry that the US has so much wealth, yet we decided to cut lifesaving programs for people just because they live outside our natural borders. There is so much waste, abuse, and corruption in our government but the ones who are going to pay the price are the beneficiaries of our foreign aid. We can also save billions by fully supporting the United Nations because their diplomatic channels can prevent violent conflict and wars in which we won’t have to intervene.  

 

Congress decides how much to fund the UN and the best way for me to get my voice heard by Congress is to hire a professional lobbyist to argue for my case. Please consider contributing to this campaign to help me hire a lobbyist to fight for proper UN funding.

About United Nations Funding

In 2017, the Trump administration suggested that they were considering cutting funding to the United Nations as well as eliminating all U.S. funding to the International Organizations and Programs (IOP) account. The IOP account is a part of the State Department's budget that provides more than $130 million to UNICEF and around $70 million to the UN Development Program

 

The State Department was also told to brace for a 40 percent cut to their UN peacekeeping budget. The United States contributed more than $2 billion to the UN’s $8 billion-plus peacekeeping budget last year.

These cuts would seriously limit the capacity of the UN to help women, children, and refugees around the world. It would also reduce the influence that the U.S. has on the UN, possibly resulting in losing their voting rights in the General Assembly.

A strong UN benefits the U.S. in the following ways:

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The UN saves lives and needs protection

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The UN thrives with strong U.S. leadership and significant financial contributions. The U.S. is the largest single contributor to the UN's regular and peacekeeping budgets. However, this expense is a bargain since the United States' total peacekeeping and regular budget dues account for 0.2% of the annual U.S. federal budget.

 

Also, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the U.S. ultimately has final say over the size of the peacekeeping budget - by far the largest of all of the UN system's assessed budgets - since no peacekeeping mission can be authorized, expanded, or withdrawn from the field without U.S. consent.

The United States is a leader in the global community and we can't afford to sit on the sidelines. Our investments in the UN make us safer, more economically secure, and shows other nations our willingness to assist and protect vulnerable populations.  Protecting these investments is vital to U.S. interests and to the global good. 

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1) Use their contacts to identify the different supporters and opponents of the cause

2) See where key offices (committee chairs and party leadership) stand on the issue

3) Find champions for the cause and see if they are willing to introduce legislation

 

4) Meet one-on-one with legislators to get the bill out of committee or to a markup

 

5) Help rally support for the passage of the bill by the House and the Senate

 

6) Identify other groups to work with and train them to be better advocates

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