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U.S. Funding For State, USAID ‘Critical To U.S. National Security, Maintaining Our Global Leadership’

The Hill: The threat to U.S. global leadership
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)

“Last week, the Trump administration proposed budget cuts that would reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) … These cuts would be irresponsible, short-sighted, and harmful to the United States’ work overseas. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe our investments in diplomacy and development are critical to U.S. national security and maintaining our global leadership. … Our development experts work with foreign partners to address the root causes of insecurity, respond to global health and humanitarian crises, and help populations lift themselves out of poverty. … We project power through the strengths of our global alliances and our values. The United States must invest in diplomacy and development, now more than ever” (3/24).