Policy Update

US House subcommittee rejects President Trump's foreign assistance budget

The US House appropriations subcommittee approved US$56.4 billion for US foreign assistance in fiscal year 2020, rejecting President Trump's proposed cuts of US$11.5 billion. House Representative Nita Lowey, who chairs both the subcommittee and the full appropriations committee, call the Trump administration's proposed cuts "unacceptable" and " irresponsible" and said the subcomittee's action "reaffirms strong support for reproductive health, climate change, and multilateral assistance."  

The bill also repealed the Mexico City policy, also known as the "global gag rule"—a vote which Republicans on the subcommittee opposed.  The full House appropriations committee is expected to take up the bill very soon.  

News article - The Hill