December 23, 2020

USGLC CEO Statement on the International Affairs Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) President and CEO, Liz Schrayer, released the following statement on the importance of the U.S. International Affairs Budget, which was funded through the FY21 State/Foreign Operations appropriations bill approved as part of Congress’ year-end spending package on Monday.

In the midst of a global pandemic, it would be absurd to disengage from the world, which is why I am baffled there is even a question about supporting the bipartisan congressional FY21 international affairs programs. Never before has America’s investment in global health, diplomacy, and humanitarian programs been more critical to our own economic and health recovery.

Year after year, the International Affairs Budget earns resounding bipartisan support in Congress because Republicans and Democrats – from the Heartland to the Sunbelt and coast to coast – agree that this 1% of the federal budget is directly in our national interest.

As disease and hunger skyrocket and our own exports plummet, the growing global challenges remind us every day that we need to be more engaged around the world – not less.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( 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.