State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut

“The funding shortfall for the State Department and USAID affects operations for the current fiscal year, and for 2019” writes Benn Steil for The State Department spent 17 percent of its “Diplomatic and Consular Programs” budget on security in 2008, according to data from the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA).In the meantime, the Trump administration will present its federal budget request for 2019 on Monday, and it remains unclear if White House officials will address the cuts to State Department funding.The budget squeeze coincides with declining morale at the State Department amid a controversial reorganization and the perception among foreign service officers that President Donald Trump has sidelined diplomacy.

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