Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Will Not Accept Trump Administration’s FY 2020 Humanitarian Aid Budget Proposal

Roll Call: Lawmakers from both parties resist humanitarian and refugee aid changes
“Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they are determined to block a White House budget proposal that would gut the State Department’s refugee operations and slash overall humanitarian aid levels. President Donald Trump’s [fiscal year] 2020 budget request proposes consolidating three separate humanitarian assistance accounts operated by the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development. The new umbrella account would be managed by USAID and, in theory, have more flexibility to respond to rapidly evolving global crises. … While longtime humanitarian assistance practitioners say the proposal has some merits, they do not trust the Trump administration’s ultimate intentions and thus oppose it. That’s because the White House is seeking to cut the overall humanitarian funding for fiscal 2020…” (Oswald, 3/22).