In a letter organized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, five former Secretaries of State called on Congress to support the International Affairs Budget. As it stands now, international affairs funding is at risk for deep and disproportionate cuts.
Signed by Secretaries Henry Kissinger (1973-1977), George Shultz (1982-1989), Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), Colin Powell (2001-2005) and Condoleezza Rice (2005-2009), the letter underscores the important role that international diplomacy and development play in advancing the interests of the United States.
As the letter states, “[international affairs] programs are critical to America’s global leadership and represent strategic investments in our nation’s security and prosperity.”