Foreign aid critical to global security
In our modern world marred by chaos and disease, instability has increased as a natural by-product.
This uncertainty on the world stage has contributed to the growth of violence and crime. When we as a nation consciously allow for fragile states to be taken advantage of by radicalism, terrorism and criminals, we indirectly contribute to global volatility and hurt the defense of our own nation.
The United States has maintained its standing on the foreign stage through not only its military but also through its proficiency in diplomacy and aid. Strategic development assistance is not charity- it is a modern tool of national security.
As former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge best explained it, "Development and diplomacy protect our nation by addressing the root causes of terrorism and conflict ... and boosts the economy here at home."
I want to thank Sen. Durbin for his continued efforts with the Council on Foreign Relations and his support for an adequately funded foreign aid budget. I hope the senator will extend his support for increasing the foreign aid budget in the coming year and continue to alter the lives of many for the better.