The rapid global spread of the COVID-19 has demonstrated that no matter how successful America is at fighting this pandemic here at home, we will never stop this threat unless we’re also fighting it around the world. Return to COVID-19 Resource Center.

Last updated August 13, 2021

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated that infectious disease threats know no borders. Now more than ever it is clear that what happens around the world matters here at home, which is why Members of Congress are speaking out in support of America’s global leadership role in combating COVID-19 and in support of fully resourcing the State Department, USAID, and our other development agencies on the frontlines fighting this pandemic.

There is broad, bipartisan support in Congress for strategic global resources:

Senate

LEADERSHIP

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
“To end the COVID-19 pandemic, this virus must be eradicated not just domestically but across the world, and vaccinations are our most potent weapon in this fight.”

KEY COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“It’s clear that even if we stop the spread of the disease here…without a serious global effort to understand and confront it, COVID-19 can and will return to our shores. If ever there was a need for the United States to be an active leader in an international coalition to respond to a common threat, it is now. We simply cannot safeguard American lives without one.”

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“We can’t afford to wait. This is not our first pandemic and unless we figure out some solutions, it won’t be our last.”

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
Chairman, Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

“It is in the U.S. national interest to lead the rest of the world in combatting COVID-19 everywhere it exists.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Ranking Member, Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

“The roughly $3.5 billion required to purchase and distribute 500 million doses of vaccine will help prevent a reemergence of the COVID-19 virus which makes America and the world safer. … The sooner we have vaccines available to the world, the better.”

SENATORS

Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Ben Cardin (D-MD)

“It is critical that the United States recapture our historic and leading role in global health and distribute excess COVID-19 vaccines abroad until there is global herd immunity.”

Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bob Casey (D-PA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

“As COVID-19 continues to spread here at home and around the world, it is increasingly clear that we are experiencing a global health emergency on an unprecedented scale that threatens global economic prosperity. The novel coronavirus especially threatens to frustrate efforts to reduce global hunger, rolling back hard-fought gains from the past decade and exacerbating already troubling trends in the last three years. This will ultimately have direct impacts on the economic and security interests of the United States.”

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)

“Our single most important priority for the rest of the year is going to be to vaccinate the world.”

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

“If we want to keep our nation safe, we must work with our partners around the world to mitigate this crisis.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT)

“Our experience with coronavirus has exposed some glaring gaps in our nation’s capacity to respond to a pandemic, and it is critical that we are better prepared to coordinate global responses and exert leadership to address future health threats.”

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

“Our country is safer and better equipped to combat this virus if we work with our international partners to lead a coordinated, global response to this pandemic. The international community must address COVID-19 in countries where weak health systems aren’t able to respond to the full scope of this crisis, which means more loss of life and a failure to prevent further spread of this virus…I’ll continue to call for a U.S.-led global response to COVID-19 as Congress responds to this pandemic.”

Senator Roger Wicker 

“Supporting international efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic helps to save lives & ensures the U.S. does not backslide on previous investments. It also protects the American people by helping to identify health emergencies early, before they become a global problem.”

Bipartisan Letter to Senate Leadership

“As the Senate considers the next phase of emergency funding to address the threat caused by this pandemic, we write to strongly support significant U.S. investment in the international response… With more than 12 million cases in more than 180 countries, it is clear that no matter how successful we are at fighting COVID-19 here at home, we will never stop its spread – or prevent it from rebounding back to our shores – if we are not also fighting it around the world. U.S. global leadership in combatting COVID-19 is directly tied to protecting the health, security, and economic interests of all Americans.”

Bipartisan letter to Senate Leadership signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), James Lankford (R-OK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Boozman (R-AR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

 

House of Representatives

LEADERSHIP

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

“I am committed to robustly funding vital global health initiatives to defeat COVID-19 & improve response capacity worldwide.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

“We can do great things. We want to defeat the virus, not just for the nation but for the world.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

“A global challenge requires a global response, which is why we must work across borders to protect our planet and safeguard the most vulnerable from climate change and natural disasters…It’s why we must also push for America to work in concert with the rest of the world in combatting coronavirus and ensuring that critical, life-saving resources are available to all those who need them.”

KEY COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

“The United States must diplomatically engage partners, allies, and others – both directly and through multilaterals – to develop, produce, and distribute vaccines, and support efforts to address the effects of COVID-19. So long as the virus continues to replicate and mutate abroad, we will be made less safe here at home.”

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX)
Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

“As the disease spreads in the Middle East, Latin America and across Africa, existing economic hardships, political challenges and humanitarian emergencies will worsen. Now is not the time to cut this key aid.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Chairwoman, House Appropriations Committee

“As a global leader in the international community, the United States has a duty to support global health… Let us invest in global health. Otherwise, we risk American health.”

“As new variants develop and spread, we must continue to work across countries and borders, to put an end to this pandemic, while ensuring that we are prepared to prevent the pandemics of the future.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Chairwoman, House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

“There is a practical reason why we need to help these countries—because if we don’t, we run the risk that both this virus and the economic shock will fester, creating more risks for us here at home. But more importantly, we need to help because of the moral imperative, the fact that an America that seeks to be just and moral needs to play a leading role in making sure that every country can weather this crisis. America serves both our interests and our values when we act in service of our common humanity.”

REPRESENTATIVES

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)

“The coronavirus is reminding us that diseases and their impacts know no borders, making it critical that the United States show leadership during the pandemic, and also afterwards to get the global economy back on track as well as prepare for the next outbreak. There is no reason to assume there will not be future outbreaks, and, as the world becomes more interconnected, we need to be prepared so that the next outbreak does not become a pandemic like the coronavirus.”

Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)

“During times of crisis, it has been the United States that has stepped into the void to provide a path forward. This is a global moment that requires the mantle of bold leadership that our nation has assumed in the past…We are strongest when we are united with our allies against a common foe, and there is no more ubiquitous enemy than the scourge of a pandemic. This is a moment when the world needs American leadership.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

“We must lead the international community in the global public health response, while also asserting leadership to coordinate a global economic recovery. If we do not recognize that challenges abroad are linked to challenges at home, we will not be able to fully overcome the impact of this virus. If we leave the world vulnerable to coronavirus, we leave our own country vulnerable as well.”

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-FL)

“We have seen firsthand the widespread devastating effects of a global pandemic on our health, economy, and national security this past year. Unfortunately, this will not be the last contagious and deadly virus our world will battle and confront, which is why it is of the utmost importance our country continues to be a leader in global health.”

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

“The COVID-19 crisis has shown just how interconnected our world is and how important vaccines are to ending one of the greatest catastrophes of the 21st century. By developing vaccines and enabling countries to administer vaccine doses, effectively, we can end pandemics.”

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)

“While we have our primary responsibilities here at home, it is imperative we continue to help our international friends and partners…the United States will continue to support our allies and provide considerable assistance to public health worldwide.”

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI)

“Fighting the coronavirus requires international collaboration, following science and listening to health experts. The only way we will defeat this global pandemic is through an informed citizenry and a coordinated international response. The coronavirus knows no borders. The United States has the most coronavirus cases in the world, and we need support from all nations to defeat this invisible enemy.”

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY)

“We must continue to invest in global health security and ensure other countries can detect respond to global health threats before outbreaks become a pandemic and reach our shores.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

“We must not turn our back on the world. We must put aside our grievances and work toward the common good, to find a common solution. This pandemic is clear, tragic evidence that the outlook that favors international cooperation over isolationism, institutions over improvisation, is not just more moral but safer. Just as the ravages of this terrible disease know no borders, neither must the cure. Our national interest and our moral duty are one and the same. Now is the time. It is clearer now than ever that our destinies are linked, and that we are all in this together.”

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)

“This #Covid_19 pandemic shows we have to be concerned about global health. This didn’t start here, but it’s here, and look at the impact it has had. Global partnerships are important, but we must hold their feet to the fire on performing correctly.”

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN)

“Minimizing the spread of the coronavirus is not a zero-sum game. Rather, Americans win when the whole world wins. As we all know, pandemics know no borders, and the novel coronavirus is no different. The world looks to the United States for leadership, and we must be prepared to work with our global partners in order to protect Americans at home and abroad…In an increasingly interconnected world, it will take international partnerships to fight against this pandemic.”

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ)

“Developing vaccines and treatments for emerging infectious diseases is not just an issue of individual health but a national one. It’s important to national security, including economic security.”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

“We must use this opportunity to reinforce the value of U.S. global leadership and make the case for strengthened investments in global health and development. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder that these investments are critical to protecting the health, economic, and security interests of the U.S.”

Bipartisan Letter to House Appropriations Leadership

“As we work to respond to the pressing needs in our own districts, we must do so with a global perspective in mind. Shoring up the gains we are fighting for against this emerging infectious disease will mean defeating COVID-19 in every community around the globe. Innovation is our exit strategy for this pandemic: investing now in critical research and development programs to respond to the full range of global needs is a down payment on ensuring that in the coming months American health workers are safe, American children return to school, and the American economy begins to rebuild.”

Bipartisan letter to House Appropriations Leadership signed by Reps. Susan Wild (D-PA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), David Cicilline (D-RI), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Ami Bera (D-CA), David Trone (D-MD), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)