March 5, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s President and CEO Liz Schrayer released on the following statement on Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to cut resources by 15% for the State Department, USAID, and other development agencies:
Today’s bipartisan rejection of dramatic cuts to the State Department and USAID was a resounding defeat for a proposal that is completely out of step with what is in the best interests of keeping Americans safe.
While the outcome of this vote was certainly not a surprise, it’s still incredibly troubling that in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak we would even question the need for America to engage in the world.
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.