July 17, 2020

USGLC CEO Statement on COVID-19 Supplemental and U.S. International Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Liz Schrayer, issued the following statement:

As negotiations ramp up on the next COVID-19 emergency package, we are witnessing dramatically escalating crises on the global stage, creating additional risks for the American people and our fellow global citizens with each passing day.

In just the past few months, the World Food Program has warned that the number of people facing starvation could double, the IMF’s latest global GDP forecast has declined even further, and parts of the developing world are seeing skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

To address these ever-growing needs, we urge Congress to provide at least $20 billion in emergency resources for the international response in the next supplemental. These resources are not only vital in our humanitarian response, but are essential to our own domestic recovery. Specifically, these resources are critical to support essential global health programs, such as GAVI and the Global Fund, the international economic and humanitarian response, and frontline operations for U.S. civilian agencies overseas.

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.