Politico Op-Ed on Foreign Aid Budget Cuts

Rep. Nita Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, published an op-ed in Politico arguing that while foreign aid should not be immune to spending cuts, drastic cuts in foreign aid through the State Department and USAID could have serious national security implications.

“It would be senseless to let our response to a fiscal challenge create a national security crisis. Now we must sit side by side, not as a gracious gesture but to do the difficult job of balancing our long-term economic prosperity with security imperatives we can’t afford to neglect.”

One thought on “Politico Op-Ed on Foreign Aid Budget Cuts

  1. Harry C. Blaney III February 22, 2011 / 3:10 PM

    In this op-ed, Rep. Nita Lowey, who is the minority ranking member on the the Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs sets forth the case for not cutting our vital foreign aid programs.

    It would be like cutting our noise to spite our face or more directly leaving us without the tools to help sape a safer and more prosprous world.

    As Lowey points out, Republicans supported Republican president’s aid programs even in time of deep deficits under the GOP, but now with President Obama, they want to cut America’s preventive diplomacy tools that is vital in shaping and dealing with our many global challenges. Time, I suggest for wiser head to prevail!

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