B’nai B’rith International is pleased to see that the White House Fiscal Year 2011 budget preserves foreign aid at a robust level. The fiscal blueprint raises funding for international programs by about three percent next year and would double foreign aid over six years.While B’nai B’rith has expressed concerns about low-income senior housing funds on the domestic side of the budget, we recognize the United States is in an economic crisis and we appreciate efforts to shore up foreign aid.
The president’s budget proposal is strong on international affairs, offering increasing amounts in key areas that are often the most vulnerable to cutbacks. “The United States is making an important investment in America’s interests abroad with this budget funding,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin.
The U.S. international affairs budget helps strengthen the economies and political systems of emerging democracies and demonstrates a solid investment in such critical issues as global health and disease prevention around the world.
“This federal budget plays to America’s strength as a global leader,” Eric Fusfield, B’nai B’rith International director of legislative affairs, said. “In crisis and in calm, the world looks to the United States to set an example. U.S. foreign aid employs the smart-power tools that add to America’s effectiveness on the world stage.”