Calling your Members of Congress
Resources and talking points
On March 16, the President released his budget proposal, and it’s worse than we thought for the United Nations. If enacted, the UN and its lifesaving agencies could see significant cuts this year. Congress needs to hear us loud and clear: These cuts are unacceptable and cannot happen.
Please call your Members of Congress to let them know you oppose the President’s proposed cuts to the UN.
Contact information for Members of Congress
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Suggested talking points
I am a constituent from (city, state), and I’m calling to urge the (Representative or Senator) to reject the President's proposed budget cuts to the United Nations.
As my elected official, I ask (the Representative or Senator) to publicly oppose the President’s proposed cuts to the UN. Thank you for your time and consideration.
- The President’s budget proposal – which aims to cut funds to the State Department by 30 percent and the United Nations by significantly more – would severely jeopardize American national security and foreign policy objectives. If adopted by Congress, such reductions would cripple vital counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian, health and development programs at a time of increased challenges to global security and stability.
- Slashing U.S. funding to the United Nations would obstruct President Trump’s policy priorities to make America stronger and safer, and cede ground to countries that do not share American interests and pose a risk to American values. Furthermore, it would make UN reform much more difficult and greatly weaken the new Secretary-General’s efforts to strengthen and streamline the organization.
- Although imperfect, no other organization has the reach, scale and impact of the UN. It is the only global convener that can ensure countries around the world share the burden of maintaining international security and stability. Our partnerships at the UN and with implementing agencies on the ground are helping to stamp out violent extremism and stabilize fragile states, while promoting core American interests of democracy and freedom and providing lifesaving aid to millions of innocent people around the world. Through the UN, the world is better equipped to monitor North Korea’s nuclear activities, verify Iran’s compliance with nuclear weapon restrictions, preemptively respond to escalations from ISIS, fight human trafficking, and effectively respond to global health crises like the Zika virus.
- Americans of both major parties agree that sustained U.S. leadership at the UN is vital. In fact, a nationwide poll released this month (by the Better World Campaign) surveyed an equal split of Republican and Democrat voters and found that an overwhelming majority—88 percent—believe it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role at the UN.
- Funding for our UN dues amount to 0.1% of the total federal budget.