Loading...

Biden’s Budget Request Revives Foreign Aid

April 14, 2021 by Daniel Mollenkamp
President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON- President Joseph Biden’s discretionary budget request for the fiscal year 2022 includes significant increases to foreign assistance, reversing the trend of the last four years.

Although foreign assistance represents a small part of the overall American budget, it came under scrutiny in the last administration, which didn’t prize the role of development in pursuit of strategic national interests and instead adopted an “America first” approach. 

The U.S. Agency for International Development said of this year’s proposed budget, the first for the Biden administration, that it would significantly advance development interests across a whole range of areas. 

The president’s budget proposal itself emphasizes that it seeks to make diplomacy the centerpiece of American foreign policy, and to make critical investments “after years of neglect.”

Among the more notable increases are $200 million in increases to bilateral programming to the Department of State and USAID to expand international programs that address climate change, as well as investments in adaptation and resilience, renewable energy, and sustainable landscapes. 

It also included an $861 million investment to tackle the root causes of migration from Central America, which is part of a four-year $4 billion commitment, subject to the availability of appropriations. 

It further provides for $10 billion in global health program investments, as well as notable pro-democracy commitments and commitments to ensure a diverse and inclusive federal workforce.

“After four years of proposed cuts to foreign assistance in the president’s budget

requests, the discretionary request proposes the most robust commitment in the agency’s history to strengthen USAID’s development and humanitarian assistance around the world,” a written comment from USAID said.

Foreign Affairs

November 29, 2021
by Kate Michael
Critics Say Humanitarian Aid May Prolong Conflict, Hamper Long-Term Development

WASHINGTON — According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2020 the most people on... Read More

WASHINGTON — According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2020 the most people on record — about 82.4 million people — were displaced around the world and 243.8 million people required humanitarian assistance. That is one in 33 people worldwide... Read More

November 19, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Regain Influence in United Nations

WASHINGTON — A top State Department official continued the Biden administration’s theme of “We’re back” during a congressional hearing Thursday... Read More

WASHINGTON — A top State Department official continued the Biden administration’s theme of “We’re back” during a congressional hearing Thursday on the United States’ role in the United Nations. The State Department is trying to regain leadership positions that suffered setbacks during the go-it-alone international policies... Read More

Differences Endure as Biden Brings Back North America Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's leaders are reviving three-way summitry after a Trump-era break. As President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — North America's leaders are reviving three-way summitry after a Trump-era break. As President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador resume the tradition of the North America Leaders' Summit on Thursday, the three allies face deep... Read More

November 2, 2021
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, current law only punishes... Read More

Biden Tells Macron US 'Clumsy' in Australian Submarine Deal

ROME (AP) — Working to patch things up with an old ally, President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron... Read More

ROME (AP) — Working to patch things up with an old ally, President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday that the U.S. had been "clumsy" in its handling of a secret U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia, an arrangement that left France in the... Read More

October 22, 2021
by Dan McCue
Vice President Harris to Meet With Macron During Paris Visit

WASHINGTON - Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in November in the administration’s latest attempt... Read More

WASHINGTON - Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in November in the administration’s latest attempt to repair the diplomatic damage caused by a botched submarine agreement. The White House announced Friday that Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will be in... Read More

News From The Well
Exit mobile version