The International Affairs Budget is a small investment paying tremendous returns for our economy, security, and our humanitarian values. Yet, polls consistently show that most Americans believe the federal government spends close to 30 percent of its budget on International Affairs programs.
The true number? A little more than one percent.
With Tax Day upon us, we looked into what this small percentage means for an average American family. The results? Just nine bucks per month. That is less than the cost of a movie ticket, and about the same price as three cups of coffee a month.
Yet, this small investment goes a long way. It helps promote America’s economic interests by creating a stable environment for U.S. foreign investment, leading to expanded trade and exports, and American jobs.
This tiny one percent also provides security assistance to our allies in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and everywhere in between, which helps keep America safe.
But that’s not all.
It also supports all of our diplomats and development experts who are working to end extreme poverty, save lives from preventable diseases, respond to humanitarian disasters, and demonstrate the strength of American values.
Here’s more proof:
The International Affairs Budget is one of the smallest parts of the federal budget, but it does a huge amount of good around the world. It fights diseases, feeds the hungry, and is an integral part of who we are as Americans. It does all of this – while also promoting our economic and security interests – for the price of three cups of coffee a month. To me, that is an investment worth making.