ONE welcomes Biden budget proposal, but urges more resources are needed

The ONE Campaign issued the below statement today welcoming the release of President Biden’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2022, which is a departure from recent presidential budget proposals, but warned more ambition is needed to address the needs of the current moment. President Trump’s final budget request for FY21 called for $44.1 billion for State and Foreign Operations, whereas Biden’s calls for $63.5 billion.

Tom Hart, acting CEO, The ONE Campaign:

“American leadership is needed more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has set back decades of progress in our fight against poverty and preventable diseases, and more support will be needed to stem the aftershocks of this pandemic.

“While this budget is a good step forward, more is desperately needed to meet this critical moment and ensure we have the resources to adequately combat the crippling global impacts of COVID-19. For decades, bipartisan leaders in both chambers have worked together to expand and protect global health and development programs. We look forward to working with Congress to build on this proposal and ensure America’s international development budget promotes our nation’s values and advances our strategic global interests.”

BACKGROUND

    • President Trump’s FY21 budget request included a roughly 20% cut to State and Foreign Operations. The president’s FY21 budget called for $44.1 billion, the FY20 enacted was $57.2 billion.
    • President Biden’s FY22 proposed budget request of $63.5 billion for State and International Operations represents a 11.9% increase the FY21 enacted. A part of the 11.9% includes funds previously under the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).

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