May 11, 2021

USGLC CEO Applauds Bipartisan Senate Support for U.S. Investments in Diplomacy, Development, and Global Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, released the following statement on the bipartisan letter in support of the International Affairs Budget—led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Todd Young (R-IN)—just sent to the leaders of the Appropriations Committee:

An impressive bipartisan Senate letter – led by Senators Durbin and Young – has galvanized nearly half of the Senate to send a strong and clear message that it is vital for America to invest in diplomacy, development, and global health programs to keep our citizens safe, calling for “a robust FY2022 International Affairs Budget.”

After seeing the painful toll the global pandemic has taken on the health and economic impact of every family across this nation, it has never been more clear just how critical American engagement is on the world stage.

We applaud this important statement and look forward to working with both Chambers of Congress and Members on both sides of the aisle to enact robust funding for the International Affairs Budget to protect the security, health, and economic interests of American families.

Highlights from the Bipartisan Letter:

  • “In the midst of an historic global pandemic, we write to urge strong Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the International Affairs Budget.”
  • “A robust FY 2022 International Affairs Budget can help not only support more equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics around the world, but also strengthen health infrastructures, shore up food assistance programs, and provide other life-saving aid to those in need.”
  • “Our investments in the key development and diplomatic programs in this budget account are critical to ensuring the health, safety, and economic interests of the American people.”

The full letter text and signatures are available here.

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.