For many Americans, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of defending our country is military power. However, there’s a more affordable and sustainable route to protecting our country that we should prioritize. The U.S. spends nearly $1 trillion annually on the military. In light of our current debt crisis, it’s crucial to find ways to reduce spending.

Foreign aid benefits our economy, saves lives and enhances national security. Studies show that the world’s most dangerous countries are also the poorest. By providing assistance, foreign aid can weaken terrorist groups, prevent conflicts that escalate tensions and foster international peace.

According to the Brookings Institution, many believe that the United States allocates 20% of its budget to foreign aid when the reality is that less than 1% goes to it.

I hope that our congressional leaders in Maine – Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Angus King, Rep. Jared Golden and Rep. Chellie Pingree – will fulfill their responsibility to us as constituents and prioritize the safety of our country while upholding our role as a global leader.

Grayson Treece
Verona Island

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