LETTER: Federal budget speaks to priorities

The North State Journal | Madeline Gray

Joe Biden once stated “don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll show you what you value.” With the release of the proposed federal budget for 2017, there is much to be concerned about regarding what the president values for the future. The White House proposed to cut discretionary spending in the State Department by 29 percent to bolster funds for military spending. These cuts would directly affect the millions of kids who would no longer have access to school and vital medical treatment that is supported by anti-poverty programs from the U.S. government. Not only would this be devastating to those communities and families, it would also undo years of progress in diplomacy.I hope we can count on Senator Burr and Representative McHenry to protect and expand funding for global anti-poverty programs. This is not a party issue, it is a human issue. Now is the time that we need to lead with our values, and recognize that healthy communities and economies abroad benefit us all.Valerie WanamakerAsheville