B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International welcomes the administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) international affairs budget request as a serious effort to address America’s strategic interests abroad in an era of fiscal austerity.
The administration’s $52 billion request for the international affairs account is nearly identical to amounts enacted for FY13 and represents a small reduction from FY12. By re-prioritizing some of these funds for purposes such as protecting U.S. diplomats and facilities abroad and providing new tools to respond to democratic transitions, the budget demonstrates a balanced approach to protecting U.S. security and global economic interests.
B’nai B’rith calls on Congress to protect America’s critical tools of development and diplomacy by supporting the administration’s international affairs budget request.