U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Joins InterAction Community Letter Supporting FY2019 International Affairs Budget
February 8, 2018
Letter endorsed by NGO alliance calls on Congress to allocate no less than $59.1 billion for International Affairs
WASHINGTON – In anticipation of the President’s FY2019 Budget release, U. S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and over 100 partners of InterAction call on Congress to support robust funding for the International Affairs Budget at no less than $59.1 billion. Funding at this level reflects the community’s guideline for the minimum requirement to protect U.S. global leadership in support of poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance. Congress and the American people have consistently supported these investments in American leadership.
Funding for international development and humanitarian assistance programs is essential and must complement other initiatives that work to create a safer and more prosperous world. While global development and humanitarian programs account for less than one percent of the nation’s federal budget, they are instrumental in creating healthy lives and stable communities, as well as buttressing U.S. leadership and interests.
“It is imperative that we work in collaboration and organize our initiatives for maximum impact. Historically, the U.S. has been a leader in addressing poverty, development and humanitarian needs for the worlds vulnerable.” said Eskinder Negash, Acting Chief Executive Officer of USCRI.
“Foreign assistance provided by the U.S. supports life-altering and life-saving programs for millions around the world,” said InterAction President Lindsay Coates. “If we maintain the progress that has been made and we restore American leadership, funding for foreign assistance must remain a priority.”
The InterAction community endorsement letter comes ahead of the release of Choose to Invest, a detailed budget guide that includes funding recommendations and justifications for over 40 key foreign assistance accounts. Choose to Invest also includes opportunities for Congress to invest additional funds to better meet unprecedented global challenges and catalyze American leadership. Choose to Invest for FY2019 is slated for release in mid-March.
For over 100 years, USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supported their transition to a dignified life.