Past secretaries of state caution Congress on foreign aid cuts
November 14th, 2011
02:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Past secretaries of state caution Congress on foreign aid cuts

Washington (CNN) - With Congress aiming for trillions of dollars in budget cuts, former secretaries of state from Republican and Democratic administrations are asking lawmakers to leave international aid, a prime target for slicing, intact.

"We recognize the gravity of America's fiscal situation and that all programs must contribute their fair share to reducing our nation's debt," five former secretaries wrote in a letter to Congress. "Yet, the International Affairs Budget - only 1.4% of the federal budget - already received deep and disproportionate cuts this year."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Vi

    The problem with foreign aid is that so often it is open to interpretation as little more than bribery. How often have we heard lately that the aid has not gone to the victims or causes that the money was appropriated to help?

    November 14, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. diridi

    good for the nation....no more wars...read my lips....Obama2012.

    November 14, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Blame the GOP-baggers who keep perpetuating the LIE that the US has a "spending problem", when it is really a revenue problem. Close loopholes and tax the mega-rich, and so many problems go away.

    November 14, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Canuck

    Raise the freakin' taxes already – the United States has put 2 wars on the credit card – how else are you expecting to pay for them?? Why is this so difficult for Republicans to understand?????

    November 14, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Chris Taylor

    So government what's going on. Why don't you open up on national t.v about the Illuminati and the 2012 agenda.

    November 14, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. THE LONE OKIE

    Don't cut the State Dept, don.'t cut Defense. Do away with the Dept of Energy who oversees our nuclear weapons. All the Tea Party/GOP wants to do is cut Social Security, Medicare and wages in order to enslave the working poor and working middle class.

    November 14, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Wall Street Crime victim

    Blah, blah, blah. Start spending the money on Main St., not Wall St. or some foreign street.

    November 14, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Thad

    Cut out all aid period cut out defense spending. Why do we have such a huge military in the first place we have bases in over a 150 countries. Why do we spend so much money period. The wholee government as wasteful spending problem. Congressman get payed way fo much money period. They already get money from lobbist and government benifits. All this money being thrown at them but the vover.ment is brokd and operating under tremedous debt but none of these congressman are in debt. They should all be ashamed oc what their doing

    November 14, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Ootsik

    If our government is tending to the distribution of foreign aid, then it follows that.........it is.......being mismanaged.

    Good old fashioned dollar diplomacy !!! We used to have some of the best friends money could buy but now...looking at the United Nations and similar recipients....they sit there with hands extended evn as they criticize and condemn us. If Congress is too cowardly to exercise discretionary spending then at least...please.....let's terminate our foreign aid to China. It is, after all, the epitomy of stupidity on our part and it makes us look to be the laughing stock of the international community. It may also be one clear indication that as long as we won't terminate our largesse for China, then other nations have nothing to fear. It is time for us to reconsider the surrogacy of the world.

    November 14, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    "Cut cut cut" is the mantra from the GOP'ers. As noted in the article, it's (as with teh EPA, Planned Parenthood, etc) a miniscule total of the spending per year. Not that the sheep don't respond in unison "ditto" as they've been trained.

    November 14, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    If this letter is really directed towards today's Republicans (which it is), then it is a complete waste of time and brain power.

    Don't try to tell the Republicans anything, because they feel it is their obligation to tell you. Don't try to talk sense and attempt to reason with a Republican, just pull out some money so that you don't waste your time. Don't try to point out the facts with a Republican because you will simply be out pointed, out shouted, until they feel you have been outwitted.

    November 14, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |