White House FY19 Budget Proposes Cuts to Critical Foreign Assistance Programs


NCBA CLUSA is joining its international nonprofit partners to call for no less than $59.1 billion to maintain U.S. leadership on foreign assistance.

On Monday, February 12, the White House released its initial budget recommendations for fiscal year 2019, which proposed a topline of $41.7 billion or a 30 percent cut to the International Affairs Budget from Fiscal Year 2017 enacted levels of $49.6 billion.

“U.S. government investments in the international affairs budget have been instrumental in creating more resilient, safer and more stable societies around the world. As we work to build a more inclusive economy, NCBA CLUSA works closely with the U.S. government and local partners to successfully address development needs, and funding for the International Affairs Budget must be protected,” NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Doug O’Brien said.

NCBA CLUSA, along with InterAction and over 120 international nonprofit partners, released recommendations last week that the International Affairs Budget cannot be funded at less than $59.1 billion. This minimum requirement is needed to maintain American leadership on foreign assistance and effectively implement life-saving programs.

The InterAction community endorsement letter comes ahead of the release of Choose to Invest, a detailed budget guide that includes funding recommendations and justifications for over 40 key foreign assistance accounts. Choose to Invest also includes opportunities for Congress to invest additional funds to better meet unprecedented global challenges and catalyze American leadership. Choose to Invest for FY2019 is slated for release in mid-March.

Read the full letter below or download the pdf.

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