House GOP proposes $9.7B cut in international affairs budget by 2016

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Photo by: Gage Skidmore> / CC BY-SA

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin does not seem to believe diplomacy and development are part of the tool kit for national security, writes Josh Rogin of The Cable.

Ryan, who chairs the House budget committee, unveiled the House Republicans’ 2013 budget plan on Tuesday (March 20). The proposed budget plan, titled ”Path to Prosperity,” would see the international affairs budget reduced from $47.8 billion in fiscal 2012 to $38.1 billion in fiscal 2016. In contrast, Ryan’s proposed budget for national defense puts war costs at $44 billion a year to 2022.

Democrat Rep. Howard Berman of California said Ryan’s proposal “fails to recognize” the importance of development and diplomacy in the country’s national security. He said it cuts the very resources that would make a strong and effective U.S. international leadership a reality, and would take America “down the road of decline as a world power.”

Rogin says that if Ryan were “to have his way,” the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s budget will only get back to current levels after 2022.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.