February 26, 2009
Bipartisan Support for Obama Budget’s Strong International Affairs Funding Critical to National Security, Economic Prosperity
Washington, DC – The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign today applauded President Barack Obama’s FY2010 International Affairs Budget request for $51.7 billion, an increase of 9.5% from FY2009’s $47.2 billion, and called on Congress to fully fund the request. While the details will not be released until April, it is clear from this topline request that President Obama recognizes the International Affairs Budget, which funds all of America’s non-military tools of global engagement, is a small but important part of the overall budget that pays large dividends for America’s standing abroad and our economic and national security at home. The requested increase reflects the bipartisan consensus of numerous foreign policy and national security experts and policymakers that the U.S. government must elevate and strengthen our civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development to address the global challenges of the 21st century.
REACTIONS: USGLC Leadership on FY2010 Budget Request
USGLC Honorary Chair and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell: “The President’s request for a robust international affairs budget is a smart and necessary investment in strengthening America’s civilian capacities for global development assistance and diplomacy, which augment our defense and are vital to our national security and prosperity.”
USGLC Co-President and Caterpillar’s Washington Director for Governmental Affairs Bill Lane: “We are pleased that the bipartisan commitment to ‘smart power’ continues. By building on previous increases, President Obama’s proposed International Affairs Budget will provide the United States with critical tools to strengthen national security, develop overseas markets for American goods, and demonstrate our moral values across the globe.”
USGLC Co-President and Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg: “President Obama has taken a bold step forward in meeting his commitments to elevate the importance of diplomacy and development in U.S. global engagement. We urge Congress to fully fund the President’s request, sending a strong message around the world that the United States is committed to addressing the root causes of global instability and poverty and to restoring America’s global image and moral leadership.”
FAST FACTS: FY 2010 International Affairs Budget
The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based, nationwide coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community leaders that advocates for a strong U.S. International Affairs Budget. Members of the USGLC – a vibrant, influential network of 400 organizations and thousands of individuals – engage policymakers in the nation’s capital and educate the public around the country to build support for these essential programs.