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Given The Current Deficit Crisis, Should Foreign Aid Be Cut?

Given The Current Deficit Crisis, Should Foreign Aid Be Cut?

The debate over cutting the U.S. deficit has focused on a new target: foreign aid. Congressional lawmakers have proposed reducing the State Department’s budget in general and federal foreign aid specifically. Such cuts would affect funding for African food aid, international disaster relief, and the Peace Corps, among other programs. Those in favor of cutting foreign aid argue that, with budgets tight, the government must prioritize national security and domestic issues over foreign humanitarian aid. Opponents of the cuts argue that foreign aid makes up only 1 percent of the overall federal budget, but is important complement to military efforts to protect American interests abroad. Here is the Debate Club’s take on foreign aid.
 


The Arguments

#1
85 Pts
America's Military Spending Is Foreign Aid—Cut It

Yes – America's Military Spending Is Foreign Aid—Cut It

Justin Logan Director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute

#3
55 Pts
Foreign Aid Cuts Can Be Reasonable

Yes – Foreign Aid Cuts Can Be Reasonable

John Norris Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress

#4
23 Pts
Leave Foreign Aid to the Private Sector

Yes – Leave Foreign Aid to the Private Sector

James Jay Carafano Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation


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