At a Glance: Foreign Assistance Budget Rescission Resources

Contact: Caleb Zimmerman • 202-552-6564

Updated: August 28, 2018

As learned by InterAction and reported on August 16 by The Washington Post, the Trump administration is considering rescinding more than $3 billion in foreign assistance funding, effectively cancelling these funds. This procedure is governed by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.
InterAction and its members, as well as members of Congress, have expressed concern given this action may happen so close to the end of the fiscal year. Such actions would not only challenge Congress' constitutional authority to appropriate federal funding, they also would cut money to programs around the world where local communities are working to build their self-reliance in partnership with U.S. nonprofit organizations.

Below, InterAction collected news articles and statements from members of Congress as a convenient resource for policymakers, the NGO community, members of the press, and others working on this issue.

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News coverage:

Statements from members of Congress:



Member Responses & Resources

Below is a collection of links to statements and updates from InterAction members.

Issue Briefs, Letters & Reports

April 3, 2018
This memorandum has been prepared in response multiple requests for information concerning the expedited procedure for considering presidential rescission messages under Section 1017 of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA).