The Trump Administration has called for a 32% cut in the budget for the State Department and US Agency for International Development. This is a shocking attack on two pillars of our foreign policy: Diplomacy and Development.

We can't let this happen.

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International Development

American international development programs address challenges before they become real security threats. It's a lesson the greatest generation taught us: When we help other countries solve their problems, we're safer, our economy is stronger, and our team of allies gets bigger. International development programs are not just an expression of our values as a country — they are critical to keeping America safe.

Development

What could be cut: 

  • The Feed the Future program that, last year alone, protected 12.5 million children from the threat of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.
  • USAID child survival and maternal health programs that have helped save the lives of 2.4 million children and almost 200,000 mothers.
  • Humanitarian assistance initiatives that provide life-saving aid to refugees fleeing conflict.

NUCLEAR SECURITY

The proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials presents one of the greatest risks to U.S. national security. We know that terrorists are interested in acquiring such material for their own deadly purposes. The global nuclear non-proliferation regime that has helped prevent these threats has been underpinned by initiatives led and funded by the United States. 

MIRV

What could be cut:

  • The Global Threat Reduction program, focused on preventing terrorists and other actors from acquiring weapons of mass destruction materials.
  • U.S. contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the lead international agency responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear program.
  • The Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund, which funds programs to destroy and secure weapons of mass destruction materials.
  • U.S. contributions to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, to support their ability to detect nuclear tests around the world, including in North Korea.

CLimate Change

2016 was the warmest year on record, and global sea levels continue to rise. Around the world, as weather-related disasters grow more severe and food production is disrupted, climate change threatens to destabilize governments and weaken our allies. The evidence is crystal clear: abandoning the global fight against climate change will have devastating repercussions.

What could be cut:

  • The Global Climate Change Initiative, which helps some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth adapt and strengthen their nations against climate impacts — while protecting our allies and U.S. interests in the process.
  • U.S. contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's expert body on tracking and reviewing advances in climate science, so that we have the best possible information to combat climate change.
  • The Green Climate Fund and possibly World Bank development funds that finance and support innovative private sector climate change projects in the developing world.