Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding the Prioritization of Funding for State, Foreign Operations Bill in FY2023

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Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding the Prioritization of Funding for State, Foreign Operations Bill in FY2023

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro, Chairman Leahy, Vice Chairman Shelby, and Ranking Member Granger:

We, the undersigned international, implementing, and advocacy organizations, respectfully request that in F.Y. 2023 you prioritize funding for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related programs bill and provide the subcommittee with a 302(b) allocation of at least $72.9 billion. Within this increase, we ask that Congress appropriates meaningful increases for programs addressing food security, humanitarian action, climate change, democracy, and global health. We understand that Congress faces difficult choices, but as global needs continue to increase, U.S. leadership is key to eliminating poverty, alleviating human suffering, and fostering just and peaceful societies.

Additional investment in foreign assistance is crucial. The long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple humanitarian crises, including the continuing crisis in Ukraine, demonstrate the need for increased funding and support for programming to address food security and humanitarian relief. Higher prices for food and energy greatly impact low- and middle-income countries where millions are already facing food insecurity and limited access to adequate nutritious food. The United Nations projected 274 million people would need humanitarian assistance this year—39 million more people than just last year. Global displacement has doubled in just 10 years to over 35 million people, and of the 161 million people experiencing crisis conditions in 2021, 81% lived in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence.

The ongoing impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect women, children, and other vulnerable groups. According to the World Bank, climate change could “push 132 million people into poverty over the next 10 years, and cause 216 million people to migrate internally by 2050.” Extreme changes in temperature and rainfall negatively affect the small farms and crops that produce the world’s agriculture and food supply. Without significantly more adaptation programming, climate change may depress growth in global agriculture yields up to 30% by 2050, affecting more than 500 million small farms globally.

75% of people now live in countries where freedom is declining. The continued decline in democracy has led to human rights violations, political corruption, and a lack of institutional checks on power, seeding more violence, instability, and misery.

For approximately 1% of the overall federal budget, American foreign assistance saves lives, builds economies, supports peace, creates a more secure world, and advances American values. We ask for your support of a 302(b) allocation for the State, Foreign Operations Bill of $72.9 billion in F.Y. 2023.


Undersigned Organizations

Accelerate Global

ActionAid USA

ADRA International

Alliance to End Hunger

American Jewish World Service

Asylum Access

Bread for the World


Catholic Relief Services

ChildFund International

Church World Service

Citizens’ Climate International

Concern Worldwide U.S.

Corus International


Environmental Defense Fund

Faiths for Safe Water

Farm Journal Foundation

Food for the Hungry

Foreign Policy for America

Global Communities

Global Health Council


Habitat for Humanity International

Helen Keller Intl

Helping Hand for Relief and Development


Humanity & Inclusion


Interfaith Power & Light


Islamic Relief USA

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

League of Conservation Voters

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Mercy Corps

Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America

National Cooperative Business Association

CLUSA International

National Wildlife Federation

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) USA


ONE Campaign

Oxfam America

Refugees International

ReSurge International

RTI International

Rural Education and Agriculture Development

Organization (READO)

Save the Children

Solidarity Center

The Nature Conservancy

The Union for Reform Judaism

The United Methodist Church – General Board of

Church and Society


Union of Concerned Scientists

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Unite North Metro Denver

United Nations Association – National Capital Area

Wall of Women

WaterAid America

Wildlife Conservation Society

Women’s Refugee Commission

World Learning

World Vision U.S.

World Wildlife Fund

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