Opposition grows to Trump's attempts to rescind US foreign assistance

Efforts by US President Trump to rescind already-appropriated funds for US foreign assistance has generated opposition both in the US Congress and among a broad array of development stakeholders. Bipartisan leaders of both the House and Senate foreign assistance authorizing committees sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) condemning the idea and threatening a response if the administration moves ahead with a formal rescission request.  Their letter pointed to the constitutional role of Congress to appropriate funds, adding that these funds are "essential" to US global leadership and security.  A group of more than 90 NGOs issued a joint statement in strong opposition to any cutting of funds, saying that rescinding these programs "leads to instability" and "puts lives at risk at a time of global crisis."

OMB then announced that it would end the freeze but would instead impose a spending limit on 2% of unobligated funds per day.  Additionally, the White House has now clarified that programs promoted by Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor, and Vice President Pence would be exempt from any rescission package. These programs include global health and women's empowerment funds as well as funding to protect religious minorities abroad from persecution.

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