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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Please save this lifesaving budget

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:01 am

One baby dies in Great Britain, and the United States unites in sorrow. Yet, the threat to children in another part of the globe who could face a similar fate doesn't even warrant “I'm sorry” from many of those same voices.

You are a citizen in one of the most prosperous nations in the land, but won't demand that America maintain the part of the federal budget that funds lifesaving projects like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Perhaps I can get your attention mentioning that, “Deep cuts to the International Affairs Budget would undermine our country's economic and national security interests, as well as the humanitarian and democratic principles we support.” That's what 43 senators (including Sen. Todd Young ) wrote in a bipartisan letter addressed to budget and appropriations committee leaders, that urges AGAINST those proposed cuts.

Some things money can buy. Rather than apologizing for inaction, won't you ask Congress to maintain the International Affairs Budget at the current level? It is truly a blessing that so few dollars can reduce extreme poverty and provide drugs that prevent disease in countries less fortunate than our own.

Paul Morrison

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