SCAN Releases Digital Ads Urging Congress to Protect Foreign Assistance Funding

Media Contact: Allie Wright, [email protected], (202) 794-1823

Washington, DC. (March 21, 2017) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today placed a digital ad buy that urges key Republican appropriators to protect foreign assistance funding when Congress considers President Trump’s budget proposals.

The administration’s budget proposal cuts development, diplomatic and humanitarian assistance by roughly one third. Cuts to the international affairs budget deeply impact mothers and children around the world, including in fragile and conflict-affected states.

“What will America’s moral legacy be?” the ad states. “That our leadership saves millions of children. That America is there, with just one percent of our budget, we help, we feed, we rescue. Our assistance has helped reduce deaths of children worldwide by half.”

“These budget cuts would be catastrophic to the health, education and safety of kids around the world,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “Foreign aid helps mothers and children, reduces poverty and creates stronger communities and a more secure world. I urge members of Congress to protect this funding and in turn, protect our country.”

The 30-second ads will begin running online today in the congressional districts of four key Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee and continue for two weeks.

  • Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Penn.
  • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey
  • Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas
  • Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky

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