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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:14 PM

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Opposes Trump Plan to Freeze Foreign Aid

By VOA News
August 10, 2019 05:59 PM

Republican and Democratic lawmakers joined forces to oppose moves by the White House that critics fear could lead to sharp cuts in foreign aid for international health, narcotics and peacekeeping initiatives, and development assistance.

Members of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees sent a letter Friday to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expressing "deep concern" after it had instructed the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to freeze about $4 billion in their budgets until it reviewed any money that hadn't yet been spent.

Critics have said the freeze could be the first step in making cuts to foreign aid. The lawmakers sent the letter to the OMB seeking to head off such a move and threatening a response if the administration moved ahead with cuts. They also pointed out that, under the Constitution, it is Congress that appropriates money, which they said was "essential" to U.S. global leadership and security.

"Slashing crucial diplomacy and development programming would be detrimental to our national security while also undermining Congress' intended use for these funds," said the letter, signed by Sens. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

'Direct affront'

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote, "It would be inappropriate for any administration, under any circumstance, to attempt to override Congress' most fundamental power. Such action would be precedent-setting and a direct affront to the separation of powers principle upon which our nation was built."


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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:19 PM

1. Wetlands protection





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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:20 PM

4. Foreign aid needs to be cut in half...the money should be used on the AMERICAN citizens.

Why are we going into debt to give foreign countries money ?

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:04 PM

3. I'm not sure Congress has a leg to stand on here

The Constitution clearly states that Congress controls the purse strings. It does not say that the President must use all money allocated by Congress.

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