We’ve told you about the military leaders, faith leaders, and politicians who have been speaking out against President Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid. But now there’s an even bigger group of political names on the list: 43 senators, in fact!
That’s right — 43 senators have signed a bipartisan letter that urges against those proposed cuts. The senators, led by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana), addressed the letter to budget and appropriations committee leaders.
“At a time when we face multiple national security challenges around the world, deep cuts in this area would be shortsighted, counterproductive and even dangerous,” the group of both Republicans and Democrats wrote.
The letter mentions retired general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s emphasis on the importance of a funded International Affairs Budget to effective diplomacy. The letter also quotes Secretary of Defense James Mattis: “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.”
“Deep cuts to the International Affairs Budget would undermine our country’s economic and national security interests, as well as the humanitarian and democratic principles we support.”