Twenty-one organizations write to Congress in strong support of the request made by the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for $230,000 in the FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act to fund bipartisan staffing of the Commission.
Twenty-two organizations write to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to thank them for their leadership to ensure the continuation of critical conflict prevention and peacebuilding funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 as well as to express concerns for conflict prevention funding for Fiscal Year 2018 as proposed by the White House Budget Proposal.
The Trump administration plans to sell weaponized aircraft to Nigeria. U.S. Senators raise concerns about human rights violations by the Nigerian military and urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reconsider the decision.
The President’s first budget request to Congress further militarizes U.S. foreign policy. Trump’s FY18 budget makes the world a much more dangerous place by slashing diplomacy and development programs. In the name of cost saving and efficiency the White House is proposing to cut important programs that prevent violent conflict, build peace and save lives.
"Theo Sitther, Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, told ThinkProgress he was worried about the impact this 'heavily militarized' budget would have on conflict resolution."
In order to increase Pentagon spending and fund massive tax cuts for the wealthiest people in our country, the budget that President Trump proposes for fiscal year 2018 decimates programs that prevent violence, ensure clean air and water, and protect the health and well-being of millions.
President Trump’s budget presents a clear – and alarming – vision of our country’s future. Congress should reject this proposal to fund billions in new spending for war and tax cuts at the expense of the lives and well-being of families and communities.