May 14, 2020

Rep. Susan Wild to Local Leaders: Global Health, Foreign Assistance Critical to Fighting Pandemic, Protecting Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. / ALLENTOWN – Today, Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) joined Pennsylvania political, business, and community leaders in a virtual town hall to discuss the importance of American global health, diplomacy, and development programs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the health and safety of all Americans—in Pennsylvania and across the country.

“As we face COVID-19, working together has never been more critical. Whether you’re here in Pennsylvania or halfway around the world, this pandemic is affecting our communities and well-being in ways we never could have imagined,” said Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA). “In today’s interconnected world, defeating this virus means tackling it at a global scale, as well as at the local level. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I remain committed to providing resources for our country’s global health, diplomacy, and humanitarian programs to contain the global spread of this virus, particularly in developing countries, and protect American families from a potential second wave of infection.”

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) hosted today’s online event at a time when policy makers are considering our country’s response to the pandemic at home and abroad, including resources for the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

U.S. international engagement is crucial to deal with the pandemic, from a global health perspective as well as an economic one—an especially important matter in Pennsylvania, where over 1.5 million jobs in the state are tied to international trade and exports to foreign markets total more than $41 billion a year.

“Today’s conversation with Congresswoman Wild underscores the importance of American global leadership to help address this pandemic — in communities across Pennsylvania and around the world,” said Jason Gross, USGLC Executive Director. “It’s encouraging to hear how Congresswoman Wild is supporting this approach. By working with Congress to confront this crisis globally, she’s looking after the health and security of Americans back home.”

Many of today’s participants are members of the USGLC’s Pennsylvania Advisory Committee, a strong and growing coalition that brings together more than 180 business, faith, non-profit, veteran, and political leaders who understand why American global leadership matters for Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.