Federal budgeting to save lives

Sabrina Buchanan, Milwaukee

I write you today as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Reid Ribble and their colleagues in Congress craft the federal government’s budget for FY 2017.

As they do so, I encourage them to protect cost-effective, life-saving programs that fight diseases like HIV/AIDS, tackle hunger, and help the world’s poor pull themselves out of poverty for good, all for less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

I am fortunate that I, like many of us in Milwaukee, never have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, or if I can sufficient medical treatment when I am sick.

But millions around the world aren’t so fortunate.

Though this is a tough reality to face, there is hope. The facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030. We’ve come too far in the fight against extreme poverty to turn back now.

So, Mr. Speaker and honorable members of Congress, please protect life-saving programs — like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and our nutrition aid — as the budget process moves forward.

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