B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International has deep concerns over some of the proposed programming cuts contained in the Trump administration budget outline.
The Administration has signaled its intention to reduce the international affairs budget. This deeply concerns us, as U.S. foreign aid represents a mere one percent of the overall federal budget. Foreign aid is an investment in America's interests abroad. In a time of increasing global instability and humanitarian crises, a weakening of our investment in soft power could greatly harm our national security and economic health.
Domestically, we have serious concerns about proposed funding cuts to The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The White House plan includes a funding cut of 13.2 percent to HUD. B’nai B’rith’s long history with Section 202 housing started in 1971 when we formed a partnership with HUD to sponsor housing for low-income seniors. The B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network in the United States comprises 38 buildings and serves more than 8,000 people. B’nai B’rith International is the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income housing for seniors in the country. Lack of access to safe and affordable housing for all older Americans has deep ramifications for the health and welfare of so many.
We will continue to monitor and analyze the proposed budget to determine the potential impact on both the international and domestic fronts.