Letters to the Editor

Protect International Affairs Budget

I am calling on U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley to protect the International Affairs Budget and the United States’ contribution in fighting to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The obligation makes up 1 percent of the federal budget.

The current administration has proposed a 30 percent cut to the International Affairs Budget. The money in this budget does not compete with domestic causes. This budget is exclusively allocated toward supporting causes such as development assistance and reconstruction in Afghanistan. The money spent in helping to stall the last African Ebola outbreak came from this budget.

Since 1996, the amount of our exports to developing countries has steadily been increasing. It now is more than half. Continuing to further support of developing countries comes back to help the domestic economy.

The United States has fallen short of the U.N. allocation standards for international aid by developed countries — the standard only being 0.7 percent of gross national income.

The United States cannot afford to cut the International Affairs Budget and lose everything that would be done at home and abroad. Rather, we need to support and consider increasing how much money is allocated to international aid.

Victoria Fejfar

Iowa City

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