US Lawmakers Debate Future of USAID Funding

The future of the USD21 billion funds sought by U.S. President Barack Obama for the U.S. Agency for International Development remains bleak as U.S. lawmakers debate on the merits of pumping more money into the agency, the Hill reports. Obama’s 2011 budget request for USAID is almost USD5 billion more than last fiscal year’s budget.

“USAID needs to change its culture, and change the way it does business, if it wants the kind of money you are asking for,” U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was quoted by the Hill as saying.

Leahy chairs the state and foreign operations subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.