They’re at it again. Last week, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration is preparing to submit a rescissions package to Congress that could claw back $4 billion in funding for international affairs programs, including the United Nations and its agencies.
The White House came within a hair’s breadth of releasing a similar proposal last August, in an abortive attempt to make an end-run around Congress and make good on its promises to institute draconian cuts to the State Department and USAID.
This package is directly at odds with Congress’ bipartisan funding levels for FY’19. If the Administration moves forward, current funding for the UN, peacekeeping activities and some of its critical humanitarian work could be inserious jeopardy.
At a time when the U.S. is confronting numerous global crises, now is absolutely the wrong time to slash funding for civilian national security and foreign policy tools. Our military leaders are the first to say that hard power alone is not enough to keep our country safe.
This is a time-sensitive issue, so we must act fast. Please speak up TODAY and urge Congress to weigh-in with the Administration to oppose the release of a new rescissions package targeting the international affairs budget.
Thanks for your support. I will be in touch with more soon.
Rachel Bowen Pittman
Executive Director, UNA-USA
United Nations Association of the United States of America
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, DC 20006