Global Progressive Hub released the following statement on President Trump’s military-first budget with accompanying quotes from affiliated allies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s budget blueprint released on Thursday serves as an eye-opening indicator of the troubling direction he wants to take U.S. foreign policy. The investments we make should reflect our shared values of prioritizing diplomacy and the security and well-being of all peoples around the world, regardless of age, income, nationality, religious affiliation, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Mr. Trump’s new budget proposal completely disregards these values.
Most importantly, when we turn our backs on those in need and withdraw our investments in the international community, the United States and the world will be less secure.
“At a time of unprecedented global crisis, with 65 million people forced to flee their homes, multiple famines looming, and increasing havoc caused by climate change, it is unconscionable and reckless to propose devastating cuts in foreign aid, the State Department, and the United Nations,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Today 20 million people face starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, and more than 1.4 million children could literally starve to death this year. Now is not the time to cut funding for lifesaving assistance and abandon people trapped in desperate and cruel situations.”
“Gutting our investments in every corner of government to pay for a spending binge at the Pentagon is beyond counterproductive,” said Win Without War Director Stephen Miles. “Our nation’s security depends on a strong economy, robust diplomacy, and our nation living its values at home and abroad. This budget does the exact opposite and makes America less safe.”
“This budget will hurt people across America and throughout the world. A wasteful $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending and nearly $3 billion for an unnecessary ‘wall’ fuels militarism in both our foreign and domestic policy,” said Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. “The president’s budget does not foster peace or justice. No one benefits from this budget except the the corporate profiteers that build their wealth through Department of Defense and Homeland Security contracts.”
“These cuts would undermine the ability of the U.S. to continue to provide its important leadership in shaping global standards and promoting worker rights globally which is essential to ensuring the growth of good jobs, bolstering our own economy, and strengthening the global economy,” said Cathy Feingold, Director of the AFL-CIO’s International Department. “These cuts would greatly reduce resources available to addressing the everyday needs of working families, including quality public services such as health care, education, and access to drinking water. They also reduce programs that help to strengthen unions and civil society organizations which are key to robust, stable democracies.”
“Among other problems, this budget would starve our collective efforts to protect access to fresh water for drinking, research renewable energy, and secure a climate that can provide food security for our nation and the world,” said Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Action Network. “It is a disgrace.”
For further comment, questions, or discussion on these matters, please feel free to contact Global Progressive Hub Director Michelle Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ben Armbruster, GPH’s Communications Director, at email@example.com