InterAction’s Statement in Response to President Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal

We are deeply concerned with the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) International Affairs budget request, which proposes dramatic cuts to life-saving accounts. The budget decisions currently before Congress have life-and-death consequences for the world’s poorest people. If the President’s Budget is enacted, it will reduce the life-saving and transformative economic impacts that we see every day. InterAction calls on Congress to sustain its leadership and support for a robust foreign assistance, as demonstrated earlier this month through passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). A total of no less than $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget in FY18 must be supported.

Congressional support for international development and humanitarian assistance in FY17 was strong and the United States cannot back away from them in FY18 without doing irreparable damage. Global humanitarian needs cannot be ignored with 128 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide, including 30 million people living in danger of famine conditions, and 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced. Just this month, another outbreak of Ebola has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and natural disasters are subject to occur without warning. At the same time, we have evidence of real progress -- U.S. assistance has enabled more children to survive into adulthood, nearly eradicated polio, and halved global poverty since 1990. These crises and challenges cannot be fully resolved in the course of one budget cycle. Nor can we expect other nations to fill the funding gap that would be created in the absence of U.S. leadership.

The International Affairs budget of $60 billion comprises nearly 2% of the federal budget, with a smaller subset of that two percent dedicated to achieving humanitarian, development, health, and governance outcomes, as well as support for civil society. This funding is leveraged alongside the $15.4 billion in international development funding from private and voluntary organizations in the United States. It is the complementarity of these funding sources that allow InterAction member organizations to operate in nearly every developing country in the world, and has produced dramatic and demonstrable results, such as bringing some of the world’s most deadly diseases to the verge of eradication.

Congress has regularly acted in a bipartisan and bicameral manner to support smart American global engagement through foreign assistance programs and reforms such as the recently enacted Global Food Security Act and Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act. Robust budgets, policies, and reforms that support foreign assistance are a demonstration of American values and advance U.S. national interests. Now, more than ever, we urge Congress to continue its leadership, to reject draconian cuts to vital, life-saving programs, and to reaffirm our investment in foreign assistance through providing no less than $60 billion for the FY18 International Affairs Budget.


1. 1,000 Days
3. Action Against Hunger
4. Alliance for Peacebuilding
5. Alliance to End Hunger
6. American Red Cross
7. American Relief Agency for the Horn of
Africa (ARAHA)
8. America’s Relief Team
10. Basic Education Coalition
11. Bethany Christian Services
13. Center for Health and Gender Equity
14. Child Aid
15. Concern Worldwide US
16. Congressional Hunger Center
17. CORE Group
18. Episcopal Relief & Development
19. Feed the Children
20. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB
and Malaria
21. Global Communities
22. Global Health Council
23. Habitat for Humanity International
24. Heifer International
25. Helen Keller International
26. IMA World Health
27. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
28. International Center for Research on
Women (ICRW)
29. International Fund for Animal Welfare
30. International Medical Corps
31. International Rescue Committee
32. IntraHealth International
33. Islamic Relief USA
34. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
35. Life for Relief and Development
36. LINGOs
37. Lutheran World Relief
38. Management Sciences for Health
39. Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
40. Mercy Corps
41. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
42. Norwegian Refugee Council USA
43. ONE
44. Operation USA
45. Oxfam America
46. PAI
47. PATH
48. Pathfinder International
49. Plan International USA
50. Plant With Purpose
51. Project Concern International
52. Project HOPE
53. Refugees International
54. Relief International
55. ReSurge International
56. Rise Against Hunger
57. Save the Children
58. Solidarity Center
60. The Hunger Project
61. The Nature Conservancy
62. The Transnational NGO Initiative
63. Trickle Up
64. U.S. Committee for Refugees and
65. United Methodist Church, General Board
of Church and Society
66. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
67. War Child Canada
68. Water 2017
69. Water for South Sudan
70. Women for Women International
71. Women Thrive Alliance
72. Women’s Refugee C omission
73. World Animal Protection
74. World Hope International
75. World Learning
76. World Renew
77. World Vision