• No more cuts
    September 10,2013
     

    No more cuts

    When it comes to U.S. national security, the economy and our global interests, I strongly believe that American foreign assistance programs represent the best bang for the buck. At a cost of less than 1 percent of the federal budget, we reap enormous returns on this investment by opening up new markets to American goods and services and maintaining stability in volatile parts of the world where violence and war would otherwise prevail.

    On top of the economic and strategic reasons, there’s also the moral dimension. Millions of children are alive and thriving today thanks to successful vaccination efforts and other programs financed by American foreign assistance. Republicans and Democrats have supported these efforts — like the distribution of anti-malarial bed nets and the construction of rural hospitals, schools and clinics — for decades.

    Our bipartisan legacy of fighting extreme poverty, hunger and disease should be a point of national pride and protected by lawmakers. I call on Sens. Sanders and Leahy to ensure that our international affairs budget does not suffer any more cuts.

    Neville Berle

    Montpelier

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