The Majority Leader explained how development is not just for the benefit of the recipients of our aid – it serves our moral and economic interests, eliminating threats to our own country. In a strong reflection of our global leadership, the Obama administration is partnering with other donor countries and the private sector on new food security and global health initiatives, as well as investing in the empowerment of women and girls. He noted that such efforts will be bolstered by strong standards for accountability and against corruption in recipient countries.
Also key to Hoyer’s approach is a commitment to promoting democracy and human rights in a way that maintains our values. If we fail to lead by example and stay true to our character as a nation, Hoyer says, “we make our principles hollow in the eyes of the world, and we throw away one of the best weapons we have.”