Congressional Armenian Caucus members seek reversal of proposed Trump Administration Cut in Aid to Armenia

12:32 • 08.06.17



The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has welcomed a renewed Congressional effort - spearheaded by Reps Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and other Democratic members of the Armenian Caucus - to reverse "harmful cuts" to US foreign aid to Armenia included in the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget.


"Congressional leadership is essential in rolling back the President's proposed deep cuts in U.S. aid to Armenia," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "Attempts to slash aid to Armenia need to be met with strong bipartisan opposition and a renewed focus on empowering Armenia's aid-to-trade transition, including the negotiation of a badly needed U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty and establishment of direct Los Angeles to Yerevan commercial and cargo flights."


In a June 6th letter to Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), the leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, over 25 U.S. Representatives raised alarms about President Trump's call for a 67% cut to U.S. foreign aid to Armenia (reducing overall aid from $20.4 million in FY16 to $6.8 million in FY18), urging the restoration of aid levels for both Armenia and Artsakh.


Among the priorities that would suffer from the President's proposed cuts is American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a USAID program that has provided substantial aid to both the American University of Armenia and the Armenian-American Wellness Center, reads an official ststement posted on the ANCA Facebook page.


"At a time of tremendous global uncertainty, the US should continue to foster the progress of its allies, not retreat from its responsibilities as the world's leading democracy," stated the Congressional letter.

 





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