FY11 Budget Update Center

Welcome to the USGLC FY11 Budget Update Center!

All you need to know about the FY11 International Affairs Budget Request

USGLC Budget Analysis

– The USGLC’s detailed analysis on the FY11 International Affairs Budget request
Account by Account Summary
Administration’s Executive Budget Summary

USGLC Press Statement

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition praised the Obama Administration’s $58.5 billion FY 2011 International Affairs  Budget request, and urges Congress to fully fund the request.

– Read the full Press Statement
USGLC Letter to President Obama
– Read Chairman Berman’s (D-CA) statement entering the NSAC Letter into the House Record

USGLC Fact Sheets

– Fact Sheet on the FY11 International Affairs Budget request.
– How the International Affairs Budget promotes national security.
– How the International Affairs Budget strengthens America’s economy.
– See a chart that compares the Senate Budget Committee’s cut to the International Affairs Budget with the                    PPresident’s request and FY2010 funding.

Letters to Congress

– Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen’s letters to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid (May 21, 2010)
House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Obey (May 21, 2010)
– U.S. Chamber of Commerce Letter to the Senate (May 2010)
– Senate Letter to Appropriators (May 14, 2010)
All former Secretaries of State’s letter to Congress (April 27, 2010)
Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ letter to Budget Committee Chairman Conrad (April 21, 2010)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s letter to Budget Committee Chairman Conrad (April 20, 2010)
– New Democrats Coalition Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt (April 20, 2010)
– Senate Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Conrad and Ranking Member Gregg (April 16, 2010)
– Blue Dog Coalition Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt and Speaker Pelosi (April 15, 2010)
– Congressional Progressive Caucus Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt (April 6, 2010)
– House Democratic Freshmen Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt (March 29, 2010)
– House Foreign Relations Committee Letter to Speaker Pelosi (March 12, 2010)
– House Budget Committee Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt (March 11, 2010)
– USGLC Military Leaders Letter to Congress (March 10, 2010)
– Congressional Black Caucus Letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt (March 8, 2010)
– Bi-partisan Letter to President Obama – signed by 247 Members of Congress (December 7, 2009)
– U.S. Chamber of Commerce Letter in support of the International Affairs Budget (November 10, 2009)

USGLC Membership Toolkit

– Talking points, sample press release and sample alert to help support the FY11 International Affairs Budget.

Statements supporting the President’s FY 11 International Affairs Budget Request

– On April 26, 2010 Chairman Berman sharply criticized the budget resolution passed by the Senate Budget  Committee, Pwhich proposes $4 billion in cuts to President Obama’s International Affairs Budget request:

“This budget outline would slash critical funding to our Foreign Service Officers and development professionals precisely at the time when the President is seeking to stand up our civilian capacity in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. The notion that this budget would have no impact on our national security funding is simply misleading. As this and the previous administration have made abundantly clear, diplomacy and development are essential components to our national security strategy.”

Chairman Kerry Welcomes President Obama’s Request For International Affairs Budget:

“The President’s budget request is critical to achieving key foreign policy priorities.  I’m pleased that the President has requested significant funds to support our efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This budget request demonstrates the President’s commitment to funding life-saving development programs in global health, food security, climate change, and global poverty.  Congress and the Administration will closely examine how we carry out these programs to maximize the impact of every dollar.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass a strong international affairs budget this year.” Read Sen. John Kerry’s full statement here.

Chairman Berman Calls President’s International Affairs Request “an Essential Ounce of Prevention”:

“The President’s budget request recognizes that fully protecting our national interests means more than military might; diplomacy and foreign assistance need resources, and together they account for just over one percent of the federal budget.  In these tough economic times, it’s particularly important to invest in an ounce of prevention so that we won’t need a pound of cure.” Read Rep. Howard Berman’s full statement here.

Secretary Clinton Urges Congress to Invest in the International Affairs Budget:

“At a time of change and challenge at home and abroad, these investments will enhance the security of Americans, assure the future American leadership, and help build the foundations of peace, stability, and prosperity in the years ahead.”

Excerpts from Senate & House Committee Hearings on the FY11 International Affairs Budget

USAID Administrator Shah Urges Congress to Invest in Development:

“Investment in development has never been more strategically important than it is today. Helping nations to grow and prosper is not only the moral obligation of a great nation; it is also in our national interest.”

Excerpts from Administrator Shah’s Testimony before House Committees

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Urges Adequate Funding Critical to U.S. National Security:

“…even at a time of budget pressures, I believe it is critical to sustain an adequate, sustainable level of investment in the instruments of national power – be it defense, diplomacy, or development – that are so essential to America’s security and position in the world.”

Excerpts from Joint Testimony by Gates and Clinton before the Senate Appropriations Committee

Other Congressional Statements on the Budget

Statement by Sen. Kent Conrad, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee

Statement by Rep. John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee

– Visit the USGLC’s Budget Information Center for links to the Majority and Minority Committee websites.

What Others are Saying About The  President’s FY 11 International Affairs Budget Request

” Save the Children commends President Obama on his proposed fiscal year 2011 budget submission that significantly increases the U.S. Government’s investment in maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition.”  Read Save the Children’s full statement here.

On March 11, 2010, a coalition of 158 organizations coordinated by the ONE Campaign sent  a letter to Congress in support of a robust International Affairs Budget. Read the letter to find out who supports the International Affairs Budget.

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