Organizations Issue Statements Addressing Proposed Cuts To Foreign Aid, Global Health In President’s FY 2019 Budget Request

Global Health Council: Global Health Council Rejects Proposed Cuts to Global Health Programs and U.S. Foreign Assistance
“[Monday] the Trump administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 that contains a 30 percent decrease in the foreign affairs budget, including global health programs, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State. In addition, cuts were recommended for programs at the Department of Health and Human Services that support global health … These proposed cuts undermine the impact of previous U.S. investments, as well as the leadership role the United States has in the world…” (2/12).

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network: President Trump’s FY19 Budget Repeats Reckless Cuts to Foreign Aid Effectiveness
In a statement delivered on behalf of MFAN, co-chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette discuss President Trump’s FY 2019 budget request, writing, “The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is gravely concerned over the President’s proposed 30 percent cut from FY17 levels to the International Affairs Budget, which is out of step with global needs and U.S. interests. These deep and disproportionate cuts would threaten our national security, diminish America’s standing in the world, and reverse progress that has been made in building more accountable and effective development institutions…” (2/13).

Treatment Action Group: Statement on POTUS FY19 Budget Release
“Treatment Action Group (TAG) vehemently opposes cuts in the Trump administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal, which severely threaten the accelerated progress of recent years towards ending the domestic and global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemics. The latest budget proposal, released [Monday], continues a pattern by the current administration to undermine critical programming and health care necessary to public health globally and in the United States…” (2/13).