February 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – The USGLC issued the following statements on the release of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request:
Admiral James Stavridis and General Tony Zinni, Co-Chairs of the USGLC’s National Security Advisory Council
“Deep cuts to America’s diplomacy and global development programs are entirely out of touch with the threats facing our nation. We’ve long said that U.S. foreign assistance is not charity but a strategic investment in our own security that saves lives and keeps us safe. Simply put, we can’t fight today’s global threats with one arm tied behind our back.”
The USGLC’s National Security Advisory Council includes more than 200 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals.
Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
“Once again, this budget proposal is woefully out of touch when it comes to protecting America’s interests by calling for cuts of nearly a quarter of our footprint around the world. Given the growing threats from the coronavirus to the rise of China and other great powers, to ongoing instability from Venezuela to Yemen and beyond, now is not the time to take our diplomats and development tools off the playing field.
As Congress now takes the reins on spending decisions, we urge lawmakers to follow their bipartisan playbook from the past three years – rejecting these dangerous cuts – and support $60 billion to ensure critical resources for the State Department, USAID, and other development agencies to keep our nation safe and promote America’s interests around the world.”
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.