GOP Leaders Support Foreign Assistance

January 28, 2011 By Christopher Williams

“More effective foreign assistance can pay real dividends” say three high-ranking Republicans who understand the International Affairs Budget from their own experience.  Former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Jim Kolbe, former Congressman and Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green, and former head of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Rob Mosbacher wrote in this morning’s Daily Caller that, “Our foreign assistance is a projection of our responsible leadership in the world; it is more important than ever to our security and economic interests. We must take the politics out of this debate and get down to the facts.”   As the new Congress begins to look at the International Affairs Budget, these voices send an important message as to why this funding is so critical to the security and economy of all Americans.

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