As budget negotiations begin, here's where US Congress stands on foreign aid

The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo by: U.S. Department of State / CC BY-NC

The United States Congress returns to Washington, D.C., this week after recess, faced with several key budget decisions that will impact whether President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid will be carried out.

Most immediately, Congress will be working to avert a government shutdown by passing a budget authorization for the remainder of 2017. The current authorization expires at the end of the week. If foreign aid cuts are made in this budget extension, it may signal what to expect when Congress debates and produces its 2018 fiscal year budget.

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In statements and hearings following the release of Trump’s so-called skinny budget, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle spoke out against drastic cuts to the foreign aid budget. How they’ll vote, what programs or agencies will get funded, and what level of cuts might emerge are all up in the air.

So where do decisionmakers stand on foreign aid and global development?

Devex examined members of Congress’ voting records on foreign aid bills, as well as their past statements. This interactive tool lets you take a look at where they stand.

Click here to view the new Devex interactive visualization of where members of the U.S. Congress stand on foreign aid.

This project is not intended to be an exhaustive record of all votes or all members of Congress. Devex chose to include House and Senate leadership as well as the leadership of committees and subcommittees making decisions about foreign aid and budget issues. The data may be updated over time.

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About the authors

  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.
  • Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Senior Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.