Every knows (unless you live in a box with no holes) that the President’s first budget is out and about and being batted around Congress like a cat toy. For us folks pursuing international careers and interested in international issues, the international affairs budget (known in DC-parlance as the 150 Account) is probably what we care about most when it comes to the fun that is the federal budget. Congressional budget committees are threatening to slash anywhere from $4-6 billion off of Obama’s international affairs budget request. Needless to say, this is not awesome for our type of programs.
So take a second and write your senators asking for their support of a full and robust FY 2010 international affairs budget. Using the Alliance’s fancy technology and template letter, it’ll take less than a minute, seriously. Type in your zip code and your name and hit send. Boom. Difference made.
For those interested in the gory details of budget procedure, I give them to you in their annotated glory after the jump.