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Chamber of Commerce Urges Support for International Affairs Budget

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Yesterday, R. Bruce Josten, vice president of government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sent a letter to Congress on the importance of the International Affairs budget and how devastating cuts to these programs would be. See below for excerpts and a link to read the full letter:

“U.S. businesses understand that diplomacy and development assistance play vital roles in building economic prosperity, protecting our national security, and promoting America’s humanitarian values. The International Affairs Budget is critical to U.S. economic engagement with the world, especially at a time when there is a wide recognition of the need to boost U.S. exports to create American jobs.”

“Diplomacy and development programs are essential to creating jobs and spurring economic growth in the United States. The International Affairs Budget supports and protects U.S. diplomats, who are on the front lines of American commercial diplomacy and export promotion efforts. Additionally, U.S. foreign assistance programs provide technical advice and build stronger political, legal, and economic policy regimes in developing countries that help these nations to become reliable trading partners. This is more clearly the case than ever before, as developing countries last year purchased more than half of all U.S. exports for the first time in years.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce letter to Congress PDF

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