Wyoming student fighting global poverty in Washington

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A University of Wyoming student is pressing lawmakers this week in Washington. As part of the ONE Campaign, Corry Vetos is advocating for action to end global poverty. President Trump recently sent his 2019 budget proposal to Congress that calls for a 26-percent cut to State Department and other international programs.

Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) says the American budget needs to mainly focus on American well-being.

“We have a moral obligation to help those that need these funds,” said Vetos.

Vetos says he wants his lawmakers to push back against the president’s request.

“We’re really hoping that Congress sees it’s a smart move to keep this number intact,” said Vetos.

Vetos is a Cowboy ambassador for the advocacy group ONE Campaign, urging leaders to act to end global poverty and preventable diseases.

“We’ve been calling our representatives hoping to let them know that this is something their constituents care about. This is something that everybody knows is the right and smart move to make,” said Vetos.

One of those representatives Vetos met with is Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). Barrasso says the president’s proposal is just a suggestion.

“We look at things to how we can help people around the world and also focus on American economic growth,” said Barrasso.

He says the budget needs to address American needs first. He says the war on poverty is being won, and America will continue in that fight.

“We also want to focus on what the needs are at home in the United States. And that’s what we do legislatively is make sure that the people get value for their taxpayer dollars,” said Barrasso.

Vetos says searching for a solution has begun for him in Wyoming, but it’s up to Washington to ultimately find that solution to global poverty.

“Affairs outside of the U.S. have an impact on us here at home, even in Wyoming,” said Vetos.

Congress will address the president’s 2019 budget proposal after they finalize a 2018 budget. Some lawmakers say they expect that to happen later in March.