Conrad Slashes International Affairs Budget request
Yesterday, Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) cut President Obama’s FY11 International Affairs Budget request by $4 billion, or 7%, ignoring bipartisan Senate support and calls from national security leaders to bolster funding for development and diplomacy. Most troubling of all is that Conrad’s entire cut to discretionary spending in the FY 11 budget is taken from the International Affairs Budget. The USGLC released a statement calling Conrad’s move “deeply disappointing,” and that “with the global challenges our nation faces, we cannot afford to neglect such vital components of our national security.” Throughout his tenure as Budget Chairman, Sen. Conrad has consistently cut the International Affairs Budget. Last year Sen. Conrad cut the President’s request by a similar amount, but full funding was restored by a Kerry-Lugar amendment on the Senate floor.