June 25, 2019

USGLC CEO Statement on House Votes Rejecting Deep Cuts to Development and Diplomacy

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition President and CEO Liz Schrayer released the following statement on the passage of the FY20 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill by the House of Representatives:

In a bipartisan effort, a vast majority of the House came together to defend America’s development and diplomacy programs from deep cuts – soundly defeating four amendments that would have cut the top-line by up to 34% and proving once again that support for international affairs programs is not a Democratic or a Republican issue.

The USGLC applauds this decisive action by the House at a time when global threats are on the rise and American leadership is needed more than ever. We urge lawmakers to continue to work towards a budget deal that will include essential resources to protect America’s interests.

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.