Bipartisan Task Force Defends U.S. Foreign Aid, Proposes Giving USAID Seat On White House National Security Council

Bloomberg: Senators Defend Foreign Aid in Fresh Pitch Against Trump’s Cuts
“A bipartisan task force of U.S. senators and former diplomats is pushing back against the Trump administration’s effort to cut funding for foreign aid and development, urging instead that the strategy for overseas assistance should be revamped. Far from reducing the role of such ‘soft power’ diplomacy, the task force … proposed giving the U.S. Agency for International Development a seat on the White House’s National Security Council. In a report to be released on Monday, the group also calls for a national diplomacy and development strategy to set priorities for spending…” (Wadhams, 7/24).