Senate SFOPS bill “Step in the right direction”
WASHINGTON – The ONE Campaign released the following statement on the text of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs’ FY2024 bill, which is approximately $150 million less than FY23 levels. This is an increase from the subcommittee’s initial topline, thanks to a bipartisan agreement to secure additional emergency funding.
“This bill is a step in the right direction and we appreciate the bipartisan work – led by Chairman Coons and Ranking Member Graham – to ensure Congress is making smart investments in foreign aid, said Suzanne Granville, North America Executive Director at ONE. “But we all know the complex challenges we face globally at this moment will require greater commitments and ambition, which is why we urge Congress to support no less than FY23 levels and to consider providing supplemental resources to respond to the globe’s emergency needs. Where and how the US makes its investment sends a strong signal to the world about US global leadership and the priorities that we value. It’s vital for the global economy and security that we continue to show up to meet the extraordinary needs around the world. We thank the SFOPS Subcommittee leadership, as well as Chair Murray and Vice Chair Collins for their work. We will continue to work with our partners in Congress to ensure the US maintains its storied legacy of global leadership in the face of humanitarian and development crises.”