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65+NGOS oppose cuts to humanitarian and foreign assistance in FY24 House spending bill

September 29, 2023

As Members and partners of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based NGOs championing humanitarian, health, development, and democracy programs, we are gravely concerned with the proposed funding cuts for humanitarian and foreign assistance programs in H.R. 4665, the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2024 and H.R. 4368, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024.

Additionally, several proposed amendments would further gut foreign assistance influence and effectiveness and undermine State Department and USAID operations.

The proposed cuts represent reductions to vital humanitarian and foreign assistance initiatives that not only save lives but also fortify communities worldwide—enhancing global stability, prosperity, and resilience against shocks and stressors. These programs are instrumental in mitigating global poverty, promoting democratic values, expanding foreign markets for U.S. goods, reducing the likelihood of conflicts, and delivering life-saving aid to those in the throes of complex crises worldwide.

The enactment of this bill would signify a distressing abdication of the United States’ role as a global leader, eroding the bipartisan legacy of investments that have forged healthier, safer, and more stable communities. This departure jeopardizes the cornerstone of U.S. national security and prosperity. Failing to lead in this critical arena would invite others to take the reins.

U.S. foreign assistance programs are highly impactful, evidence-based, cost-efficient, transparent, and accountable to the American people. They’ve played a pivotal role in lifting over one billion people out of extreme poverty since 1990 and halving maternal, infant, and child mortality rates. Accounting for less than 1% of America’s budget, these international development and humanitarian efforts boast a proven track record of success, delivering an exceptional return on investment.

However, the efficacy of these programs hinges on consistent and predictable support. We urge Congress to pass the FY2024 State and Foreign Operations and international food assistance provisions in Agriculture appropriations at no less than FY2023 levels. This action must also coincide with the passage of substantial supplemental funding to meet urgent global needs.

SIGNATORIES:

  1. 1,000 Days, an initiative of FHI Solutions
  2. Action Against Hunger
  3. ADRA International
  4. Alight
  5. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  6. Alliance to End Hunger
  7. American Jewish World Service
  8. Americares
  9. Bank Information Center
  10. Basic Education Coalition
  11. Better World Campaign
  12. Blumont
  13. Bread for the World
  14. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  15. CARE
  16. Catholic Relief Services
  17. ChildFund International
  18. Church World Service
  19. Corus International
  20. Doctors of the World USA
  21. Equal Access International
  22. FHI 360
  23. Food for the Hungry
  24. Global Campaign for Education-US
  25. Global Health Council
  26. Heartland Alliance International
  27. Helen Keller Intl
  28. HIAS
  29. Humanity & Inclusion
  30. Humentum
  31. InterAction
  32. International Medical Corps
  33. International Orthodox Christian Charities
  34. International Rescue Committee
  35. International Youth Foundation
  36. IREX
  37. Islamic Relief USA
  38. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
  39. JSI
  40. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
  41. Management Sciences for Health
  42. MedGlobal
  43. Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
  44. Mercy Corps
  45. Millennium Water Alliance
  46. Nonviolent Peaceforce
  47. ONE
  48. Oxfam America
  49. PATH
  50. Physicians for Peace
  51. Plan International USA
  52. Project HOPE
  53. Refugees International
  54. RESULTS
  55. Save the Children
  56. Solidarity Center
  57. SPOON
  58. The Hunger Project
  59. Together for Girls
  60. UNICEF USA
  61. Water for South Sudan, Inc.
  62. WaterAid
  63. Women’s Refugee Commission
  64. World Food Program USA
  65. World Learning
  66. World Vision