The Senate is still developing its International Affairs Budget, tonight the presidential candidates will debate foreign policy on CNN.

Battle Continues to Protect the International Affairs Budget

For the second time since the beginning of the month, Senate consideration of the International Affairs Budget has been delayed. The International Affairs Budget funds the diplomatic and development work of the United States. This funding saves lives in countries affected by conflict, works to prevent atrocities and supports international peacekeeping.

Although the International Affairs Budget was expected to be up for consideration last week, negotiations on the bill fell through before the November 18th deadline. Since funding was set to run out after the 18th, Congress passed a resolution to create a short-term extension and avoid a government shutdown. The new deadline is December 16th. After the Thanksgiving recess, the House and Senate will have three short weeks to pass the International Affairs Budget. There is ongoing concern about proposed cuts that would disproportionately target this critical funding.

Deadline Extended for Signatures on the Senate’s Genocide Prevention Letter

Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are circulating a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to develop the necessary tools to successfully avert mass atrocities and prevent the conditions that can lead to violence against civilians. The deadline for Senators to sign-on has been extended until November 29th. All members of the Senate are welcome to join. Urge your Senators to add their signature to this letter today. You can contact Senators by phone or send an email by clicking on the webform link. Your Senators should contact the office of either Senator Coons or Collins to sign-on.

Sample Script: As a constituent who cares about ending mass atrocities and genocide, I urge the Senator to sign-on to the Coons/Collins letter on genocide prevention. The letter urges the President Obama to develop the necessary tools to successfully avert mass atrocities. Please contact the office of either Senator Coons or Collins to sign-on. Thank you.

CNN Presidential Candidate Debate Tonight on Foreign Policy

Beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET) this evening CNN will host a presidential debate from Washington, DC. The debate will cover foreign policy, as well as national security and the economy.

CNN is offering opportunities for Americans to join the conversation and ask questions live during the debate. You can participate via Twitter by using hashtag #CNNDebate, on Facebook and on CNN’s website. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about Sudan, Syria, Libya, the International Affairs Budget, genocide prevention and more.

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