Forty-three senators signed an open letter to the four senators leading federal budget negotiations, asking them to protect the foreign aid budget. Members from both major parties requested “robust funding” for the international affairs budget – home to diplomatic and foreign aid spending. The letter comes just days after a Trump administration budget document was leaked proposing deep cuts to foreign aid programs and to shift money away from USAID to the State Department.
Over the last five years, governments and private companies have made some $7 billion in global health commitments affecting more than 600 million lives, and according to a new report, most of them have followed through.
This is a part of a series of dispatches correspondent Tom Murphy is writing from New York during the U.N. General Assembly…