May 19, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO Liz Schrayer released the following statement on the passage of a new $40 billion emergency supplemental, nearly half of which is for the International Affairs Budget, to provide additional support to Ukraine and address growing humanitarian emergencies, including an unprecedented food crisis:
The Ukraine emergency package, along with a vital response to the growing food crisis, approved by Congress is not only critical for the Ukrainian people but also for America. We applaud the House and Senate for passing this aid package with overwhelming bipartisan support to advance America’s economic and security interests at this critical juncture.
We are proud to see America join our allies and partners in supporting the brave and resilient Ukrainian citizens in their fight for freedom and democracy with this economic, security and humanitarian assistance. The war has had reverberating impacts across the world, most notable in triggering the global food crisis. We are pleased to see Congress begin addressing the unprecedented levels of hunger that can quickly result in instability and conflict throughout the world.
The reality is that the Ukraine crisis does not exist in a vacuum as global threats continue to mount. As such, the United States needs to continue to address emergency needs, including our global response to COVID-19, that has a direct impact on our health and economic security. We urge Congress to next pass at least $5 billion in global pandemic response resources to save lives and get shots in arms around the world to prevent new variants from reaching our shores.
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.