Congressional Budget Justification

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Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019


The Department of State and USAID are indispensable tools fbr resolving the mostditlicult national security issues and protecting our freedoms. Every day, our teams work todenuclearize North Korea, win the great-power competition against China and Russia, supportthe people of Venezuela against tyranny, prevent infectious disease outbreaks from reaching ourborders, and assist countries in becoming self-reliant economic and security partners.

To achieve the Administration’s foreign policy goals, both agencies need appropriateresources for our diplomatic and foreign assistance progrrms. The fiscal year 2020 budgetrequests $40 billion to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity by utilizing foreignassistance to grow opportunities for U.S. businesses, and support our allies and partners. At thecore ol our request is the guiding principle that taxpayer dollars must be used wisely. Wemaintain a commitment to produce successful outcomes, make programs more effective,transition countries from U.S. foreign assistance once they achieve advanced levels ofself-reliance, and optimize U.S. humanitarian assistance outcomes through a newly consolidatedappropriations account and program implementation structure. Included in this request are lundsto protect our diplomats and our borders, recruit and develop our workforce, and continue tomodemize our IT infrastructure. The budget also reflects a major structural reorganizationproposal of USAID to make the agency more functionally aligned and field focused andtherefore better structured to address challenging foreign policy objectives around the world.

In addition to core programs and workforce commitments, we are also funding keyprograms that will strengthen democracies and partnerships in the long run. In the Indo-Pacific,U.S. diplomacy and assistance is improving the economic capacity, security capabilities, andgovemance structures of countries throughout the region, while bringing economic benefits toAmericans as well. In Northem Iraq and other regions, the Department of State and USAID arehelping ethnic and religious minorities rebuild lives and create a brighter future. These keyinitiatives, and others like them, are a powerful display ofthe United States’ enduring mission asa force for good around the world.

We must continue to put U.S. interests first and be a beacon of freedom to the world.With the support ofCongress, and through the strategic, efficient use of resources, this budgetwill do just that.

Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original English source should be considered authoritative.
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