Here in the United States, we are turning the corner on the Covid-19 pandemic with over 40% of Americans vaccinated and a decline in cases. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the rest of the world. Many developing countries lack the infrastructure and funding to handle the coronavirus, and their economies are paying a heavy price. For that reason, it is more important than ever for the United States to continue providing foreign aid to ensure a stable and prosperous world.
Many Americans overestimate how much we spend on foreign aid, with many saying they would like to see it “slashed” to 10% of the budget. In reality, the USA spends less than 1% of its budget on this critical area. This money is vital to people living in foreign countries as they recover from the pandemic and rebuild their economies. But this money will not only help them, it will also help us right here at home. Prosperous communities abroad mean better markets for American goods, meaning more jobs for Americans. It also means that these countries will be more stable, greatly improving our national security by reducing the threat of extremist ideologies finding a foothold in these communities.
I encourage readers to contact Representative Wexton, Senator Warner, and Senator Kaine to demand that the international affairs budget be protected. It takes only 30 seconds and can go a long way in helping the world get back on it’s feet. Visit The Borgen Project website for information on how to contact congress and how to get involved in the fight to end global poverty.
John Cullen, Borgen Project Ambassador