Republican Representative Blasts 'Hype, Speculation' Over Decreased US Aid Spending's Effects

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). Photo by:

A Republican legislator says he is not convinced by the Obama administration’s gloomy forecasts of global health conditions worsening due to reduced U.S. foreign aid spending.

The Republican-backed spending plan for fiscal 2012, which seeks to cut $61 billion in federal spending, would lead to the deaths of 30,000 kids in an anti-malaria program, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah warned the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on Wednesday (March 30).

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In a statement sent to Thursday (March 31), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) said: “Nearly every administration witness appearing before the Appropriations Committee has put forward nightmare scenarios and dire numbers to argue why we should not be reducing spending in any program.”

“Republicans won’t be drawn into a debate over what might happen based on speculation and hype,” he said. “We understand that if we don’t rein in these trillion-dollar-plus deficits, programs like this one may have to be eliminated entirely in the near future.”

Lewis said it is up to the Obama administration to slash overseas aid spending.

“I have faith that the administration will find a way to reduce spending without leading to the deaths of children,” he said.

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