DEAR EDITOR:

For the fiscal year of 2021, the current administration has planned to cut 20% of the International Affairs Budget even though the International Affairs Budget leverages less than 1% of the overall budget. Many people might wonder why cutting the International Affairs Budget matters. It matters because the International Affairs Budget funds vital programs that have improved global health security. For instance, USAID was able to stall the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with this budget and has continued to work with local governments and organizations to prevent other infectious outbreaks.

With recent COVID-19 outbreaks, we all have realized that diseases have no borders. If developing countries still suffer from COVID-19 outbreaks due to lack of infrastructure and medical resources, the United States will not be able to completely eradicate COVID-19. Thus, cutting this budget would be detrimental to the U.S. economy and its citizens. In addition, the International Affairs Budget not only fights pandemic disease, but also supports critical development and diplomacy programs around the world to boost the U.S. economy and improve national security.

As we can see, the International Affairs Budget is very important to protect so that the United States can keep pace with today’s growing global challenges.

Heeyoung Son

Marietta

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