Center For American Progress Expert Discusses Bipartisan Congressional Efforts On U.S. Foreign Aid
Center for American Progress: Bipartisan Advances in International Development Defy Conventional Wisdom
John Norris, senior fellow and the executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress, discusses the state of U.S. foreign aid, including achievements made during the Obama administration, positions of the Trump administration, and Congress’s bipartisan commitment to international development. Norris writes, “We find ourselves at a remarkable moment in U.S. history with regard to foreign aid. There has never been a U.S. president who appears less committed to the intrinsic value of helping the poor and underprivileged of the developing world raise themselves up. … At the very same moment, there has likely never been a broader, more effective, and more bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill that not only values international development but also has a very nuanced understanding of how it works. … At a time when bad news is creating an unprecedented level of noise, bipartisan progress in international development is no small feat” (5/8).