May 1, 2017
With the world crying out for American leadership, Congress stepped up. In a bipartisan move, lawmakers delivered an omnibus bill last night that advances our nation’s security and economic interests and addresses the growing urgency of four famines in some of the most unstable regions of the world.
The funding for the State Department and USAID demonstrates strong bipartisan support as negotiations move forward on next year’s budget, particularly as proposals surface that would pull America back from the world.
I also commend Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill for recognizing the essential role Congress must play in oversight of – and as partners in – reform at the State Department and USAID.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.