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Calling your Members of Congress

Resources and talking points

The President’s budget proposal calls for drastic cuts in foreign affairs funding that would abandon the world’s most vulnerable in a time of unprecedented need, undermine our national security, and cede ground to countries that don’t share our interests or values. Congress ultimately decides on the final budget, so they need to hear from you that these cuts are unacceptable!
 

Contact information for Members of Congress

Use the links below to get the phone number for your elected officials:

  • U.S. Senators - Get contact information for your Senators in the U.S. Senate.
  • U.S. Representatives - Find the website and contact information for your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. If you don’t know your district, enter your zip code here.

Suggested phone call script:

I am a constituent from (city, state), and I’m calling to express my support for fully funding our dues to the United Nations in Fiscal Year 2018.

The UN works to coordinate responses to global pandemics and diseases, promote peace and security, establish international business norms, protect human rights, and deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid, which ensures the United States doesn't have to go it alone.

The President's budget proposal for Fiscal 2018 proposes deep cuts to foreign assistance, including funds for the United Nations and UN Peacekeeping, which, if enacted, would cripple U.S. influence within the organization, further destabilize the world, and cause untold suffering.

Amid the ongoing negotiations of the FY 2018 spending bill, Congress must reject calls from the White House to slash funds for the UN and rectify our current funding shortfalls for UN Peacekeeping.

I hope you will stand with your constituents in protecting funding for the vitally important work of the UN in FY 2018. Thank you. 

Additional talking points:

-        The UN: Ensuring Others Stand Up, Not Stand By
    •  The UN is a critical tool for ensuring all countries – no matter how big or small, rich or poor – do their part to maintain the international order.
    •  The organization’s efforts to promote peace and security, coordinate responses to global pandemics and diseases, establish international business norms, and deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid ensures that the United States doesn’t have to go it alone.

-        The U.S. cannot afford to confront the globe’s threats and military crises by ourselves.

    •   The UN’s assessed, mandatory contribution system allows us to share the financial burden of responding to challenges with other countries, avoiding the “free rider” problem we’ve experienced with NATO defense spending.
    • By working through the UN, the U.S. shares the global security and humanitarian relief burden with other countries, saving American taxpayers billions of dollars. 
-        The U.S. maintains significant influence over the work of the UN. 
    • The UN cannot act on peace and security issues – from imposing sanctions on North Korea to establishing a peacekeeping mission to prevent ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic – without the approval of the United States in the UN Security Council.
    •  By working with the UN, our influence is magnified, ensuring that the peace and security decisions the U.S. champions are backed up by the collective will of the international system. 
-         Slashing Funding Undermines Reform.

    •  Failing to meet our funding commitments will undermine the Secretary-General’s and US-UN Ambassador Haley’s efforts to reform the organization.
-        Americans of both major parties agree that sustained U.S. leadership at the UN is vital.

    •  Year after year, the results of a nationwide poll conducted by the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates conclude that Americans of both major parties strongly support a strong U.S.-UN partnership.
    • This year’s poll found that more than 8 in 10—81 percent—of Americans agree that the U.S. is better positioned to achieve its foreign policy goals when it works with major allies to solve global challenges rather than acting alone. 
    •  An overwhelming majority—88 percent—believe it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role at the United Nations. Importantly, respondents were equally split between Republican and Democratic voters and those who supported Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election.
    • More than two-thirds of voters (67%) continue to support the U.S. paying its dues to the UN on time and in full.






 

 
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