September 8, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO Liz Schrayer issued the following statement on the Administration’s new $9.1 billion emergency international affairs funding request:
As the global threats impacting America’s interests escalate, the critical emergency resources provided by Congress to date are now running out which means the Administration’s supplemental request couldn’t come at a more important moment. As Ukraine fights for democracy, COVID wreaks havoc around the world affecting America’s recovery, and record humanitarian crises continue with food insecurity, displacement, and conflict, America must stay engaged to ensure global stability. Supplemental resources are needed right now, particularly given the reality that a short-term Continuing Resolution will be required to keep the government funded until after the midterms.
At the same time, this critically needed emergency funding cannot come at the expense of sustainable resources for America’s development and diplomacy tools. That is why it is essential for Congress to reach a bipartisan spending deal that puts the International Affairs Budget on a funding trajectory that truly matches the magnitude of today’s global challenges.
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.