Policy Update

US Senate appropriators dismiss President Trump's foreign assistance budget

In a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on President's Trump's proposed foreign assistance budget, leading Senators dismissed the proposed 23% cut to foreign assistance as "insane."

Senators Lindsay Graham and Patrick Leahy, subcommittee chair and ranking member, respectively, both spoke out against the cuts and the potential damage they could do. Appearing before the subcomittee was US Administrator to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mark Green.  In addition to the proposed budget cuts—which Senator Graham said would not happen—Green was questioned about Central America and Venezuela, countering Chinese and Russian influence, the impact of the global gag rule, global health, and hiring at USAID.   

News article - Devex