Washington Post Examines U.S. Foreign Assistance Budget
Washington Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. foreign assistance budget
“…Using the State Department’s request to Congress for a 2017 budget, we compiled what we thought was a comprehensive look at the U.S. foreign assistance budget. That budget request is a complex stew of programmatic acronyms, thickened by confounding numerical overlaps and an endless roster of government agencies. … [About one percent] of the entire federal budget is devoted to foreign assistance … In a Kaiser Family Foundation [poll] published in early 2015, the average respondent thought that 26 percent of the federal budget went to foreign aid…” (Bearak/Gamio, 10/18).