Lost in the whirlwind of news coming out of the swamp we Americans call our nation’s capital, was some of the best, and most anticipated news of the last two years. The Trump people are just saying “NO” to money pits on foreign soil.
The Trump administration has put a temporary hold on the majority of congressionally approved foreign aid funds, pending a review by the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. Critics say the move undercuts Congress and fear that it is another attempt by the administration to cancel aid programs that advocates see as vital to US interests.
The Office of Management and Budget informed the two agencies in a letter Saturday that unobligated funds would be frozen until “three business days after” State and USAID provide an accounting of how much remains in specific accounts and how the funds are being spent. Those funds expire on September 30, the end of the fiscal year….
A USAID official told CNN the funding amounts to between $2 billion and $4 billion.
And what is on the list for a potential chopping block in the next fiscal year, at least from Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s perspective???????
A senior administration official told CNN that “the accounts that are being looked at include programs that many over the years have considered wasteful like ones that would pay for solar panels in the Caribbean, a space program in Pakistan, soccer camps in Guatemala, and foreign aid to countries that aren’t in the best interest of US foreign policy.”
Well, frankly, it’s about time, regardless of what the people advocating for all this spending are claiming (and yes, they are screaming from the rooftops). American money and aid abroad should serve American interests, and as compelling as some of these projects may look on paper, they just don’t. It’s time to turn off the spending spigot.