ONE warns against reckless amendments to FY 2024 SFOPS funding bill
WASHINGTON – The ONE Campaign released the following statement in response to the House’s plans to vote on the FY 2024 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill and a list of troubling amendments.
Some of the most reckless proposed amendments would decimate – or eliminate entirely – funding for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and their core accounts, as well as contributions for entities like the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The current House bill, if enacted with the Manager’s Amendment passed as part of the rule on Tuesday, would cut funding for foreign aid by 15% compared to FY23, which would be disastrous for US leadership abroad and for US national and economic security.
Suzanne Granville, Executive Director of North America Advocacy at ONE:
“At a time when the world is facing myriad crises – and looking to the US for leadership – reckless cuts to critical foreign assistance funds that provide life-saving food and medicine are shortsighted and signal to our global partners that America’s word may not carry the weight it once did.
“It is imperative the House rejects these dangerous amendments – and we urge the House and Senate to support no less than FY23 levels for SFOPS, as well as a robust supplemental to address the aftershocks of the war in Ukraine.”