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International Affairs FY2017 Budget Breakdown

In today’s interconnected world, America must use all of the instruments of national security and foreign policy at its disposal. America’s civilian tools of diplomacy and development are critical, which is why the USGLC supports a strong and effective International Affairs Budget for:

  • Protecting National Security by fighting terrorism, stabilizing weak and fragile states, combating weapons proliferation, and promoting global stability;
  • Building Economic Prosperity by developing international markets, driving economic development, creating American jobs, and expanding exports;
  • Strengthening Humanitarian Values by saving lives, alleviating global poverty and hunger, fighting HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, and expanding educational opportunities for women and girls.

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Why Changing How We Measure Poverty Matters

Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic transformation in developing countries: the number of people living in extreme poverty has been more than cut in half and, as a result, there are one billion fewer people living in extreme poverty today. But if we are going to achieve the United Nation’s sustainable […]

Red Nose Day: Four Ways We’re Winning the Fight Against Child Poverty

Wearing a red nose is a bold fashion choice. It’s silly. It makes you laugh. But that’s the point of Red Nose Day, a charity event on May 26 committed to raising awareness for ending child poverty. “Sharing a laugh brings people together,” explains the Red Nose Day website. “Wearing a Red Nose is a […]

How Does the Public See America’s Role in the World?

In a turbulent political season where the candidates have confounded the conventional wisdom, many of us will turn to public opinion surveys for a hint of where Americans stand on foreign policy. Last week the Pew Research Center released an update of its study, “America’s Place in the World,” and I suppose it shouldn’t be […]

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Economic development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers.

Robert Gates Former Secretary of Defense

The account we’re talking about can make the difference between a safe America or an at-risk America… if you don’t see it as a national security tool, then I think that we are missing the mark as a nation.

Lindsey Graham United States Senator

If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.

General James Mattis Former Commander of United States Central Command

It would make Americans less safe and harm our economy to turn away from the world at a time when our leadership and engagement is especially necessary. We would miss opportunities for greater prosperity and stability and sow the seeds of greater indebtedness.

Senator Bob Corker Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The programs supported by the International Affairs Budget are as essential to our national security as defense programs. Development and diplomacy protect our nation by addressing the root causes of terrorism and conflict. But it’s not just about security. By building new markets overseas for American products, the International Affairs Budget creates jobs and boosts the economy here at home.

Tom Ridge Former Secretary of Homeland Security

The investments we make today in the developing world will help create the jobs of tomorrow here in America. Right now, the tough choice is to maintain foreign assistance, not to cut it. Right now, the bold act of leadership is to defend spending on key international programs, not to attack it.

Bill Gates Chairman of Microsoft

Greater engagement through diplomacy and development is not an option in today’s world: it is a necessity. Investing in American diplomacy serves the interests of our country in all corners of the globe and helps create a better, safer world.

Madeleine Albright Former Secretary of State

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