August 5, 2019
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition President and CEO Liz Schrayer released the following statement in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s new effort to cancel diplomatic and development funding:
In a reckless and irresponsible move, OMB appears set on taking a sledgehammer to one of the most miniscule parts of the entire federal budget that would significantly damage America’s security and economic interests – and thwart congressional authority.
For the second summer in a row – just when Congress is on its five-week recess – OMB is singling out America’s civilian national security tools for a potential cancellation of funds that will take America off the global playing field.
These cuts could affect key Administration initiatives from the Indo-Pacific region to Prosper Africa to the response to Venezuela to women’s economic empowerment. Other congressional priorities that could be hit include global health, countering Russian aggression, and peacekeeping operations.
Congress has consistently rejected dangerous proposals like these in the past calling it a “doctrine of retreat.” Given the threats we face around the world, I expect we’ll see bipartisan rejection of this constitutional overreach once again.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) 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.