Last week, the chorus of voices in support of America’s diplomacy and development programs reverberated across Capitol Hill as Cabinet officials testified on the Administration’s proposal to cut the International Affairs Budget by a draconian and disproportionate 32%. From the Freedom Caucus to the Progressive Caucus, lawmakers on key committees joined together to defend State Department and USAID programs that are vital to protecting our national security, strengthening our economy, and projecting the best of America’s values overseas.
Congressional leaders highlighted their concerns about the wide-ranging consequences of cuts to development assistance, global health funding, humanitarian aid, and international organizations. Below are just a few key quotes from last week’s hearings, which serve as a powerful marker of Congress’ bipartisan commitment to protect funding for programs that advance American global leadership.
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