FY11 International Affairs Budget Facing Congressional Cuts

The House of Representatives is currently debating a Continuing Resolution for fiscal year 2011 funding, which includes proposed cuts of approximately 20% to the International Affairs budget. Specifically, the Continuing Resolution would include a 30% cut to the Development Assistance account, which includes basic education assistance.

The proposed cuts have generated considerable controversy and debate on Capitol Hill. For example, Rep. Howard Berman, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made a statement on the House floor in support of foreign assistance. He stressed, “Aid is not a gift. The United States provides foreign assistance because it serves OUR interests.  Helping countries become more democratic, more stable, more capable of defending themselves and better at pulling themselves out of poverty is just as important for us as it is for them.”

The House is expected to conclude consideration of the spending measure for FY11 by Saturday the 19th.  The bill would then be sent to the Senate for its consideration.  Press Release

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