January 21, 2021

USGLC CEO Statement on Release of Withheld Critical Resources for Global Health and Humanitarian Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, issued the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget authorized departments and agencies to unfreeze funds previously withheld by the last Administration’s rescission proposal. The $27.4 billion request, which was transmitted on January 14th, included nearly $17 billion in foreign aid funding.

Within hours of being sworn in, the incoming Biden Administration sent another critical signal that America will “engage the world” by rejecting last week’s baffling rescission package – a step which could not have been more urgent.

While surely to have been rejected by Congress on a bipartisan basis, the immediate unfreezing of these essential resources for health and humanitarian programs like GAVI’s global vaccination efforts, the McGovern-Dole child nutrition program, and PEPFAR ensures these programs continue saving lives around the world and protecting America’s own health and economic security.

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.