By Teresa Welsh |
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.
Steve Chabot U.S. Congressman
Andrew Natsios Professor at Georgetown University
Bob Zachritz Advocate for World Vision