USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah told the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee on Wednesday that the budget plan, which would cut $61 billion in federal spending, would lead to the deaths of 30,000 kids in a malaria control program that would have to be scaled back, 24,000 from a lack of immunizations and 16,000 from a lack of skilled attendants at birth.
Interestingly, this comes at a time when there is a (almost) bipartisan call for across the board cuts for our oversees expenditure.
While providing foreign aid is laudable and indeed the right thing to do, it can only be done when our pockets are full. Not when we are dead broke.
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