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News Outlets Continue To Examine Potential Impacts Of Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18 Budget Cuts On U.N., Food Aid, Global Health

Devex: Webinar: What’s next for the U.S. budget process and what you can do to prepare
“…Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar spoke to Washington insider and Kyle House Group Founding Partner Porter Delaney for an in-depth look at what’s next for the budget process and what development professionals can do to prepare for it. During the hour-long webinar, Delaney covered a range of topics, including the ins and outs of the budget reconciliation process, which he said would likely not be finalized until fall. He also said that while potential cuts to foreign assistance are very likely, the true figure will be closer to five to 10 percent. The Kyle House Group expert said he thinks global health — beyond funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR — will likely be protected and that the budget’s proposed cuts to food aid will not go through…” (Edwards, 5/24).

New York Times: U.N. Says Trump Budget Cuts Would ‘Make It Impossible’ to Do Its Job
“The United Nations said on Wednesday that the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts would ‘simply make it impossible’ for the global organization to maintain essential operations. The statement, by a United Nations spokesman, added to the growing criticism of a budget submission for the 2018 fiscal year that would reduce funding of the State Department by roughly a third and cut foreign assistance … The spending proposal, which was released on Tuesday, would reduce American financial support for the United Nations, including for its peacekeeping operations and international aid programs. The United States is the organization’s biggest single donor…” (Gladstone, 5/24).

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