In the 21st Century, America faces a new generation of threats. Our military and civilian leaders recognize that America will need all of its weapons to win these battles—not just a strong military, but also smart diplomacy and foreign assistance.
Accounting for only one percent of the overall federal budget, America’s relatively modest commitment to foreign assistance and diplomacy supports a range of proven, comprehensive strategies, including long-term development, post-conflict reconstruction, humanitarian assistance, and economic and military aid. Compared to reactive military interventions, these proactive approaches are almost always more effective and less expensive options.
As the world’s most powerful country, our nation has a responsibility to aggressively pursue initiatives that alleviate poverty, promote democracy and human rights, improve lives, and stabilize communities in the developing world. In Congress, I have introduced bills aimed at achieving these goals by fighting hunger, preventing young girls from becoming child brides, and helping to reduce child and maternal mortality. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I advocate for the funding bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions – such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank – need to deliver basic health care, education, agricultural assistance and other critical interventions.
I am proud to represent such a globally-engaged community. From colleges and universities producing life-saving medical and agricultural research, to private businesses and non-governmental organizations undertaking projects to promote literacy in Africa or provide a safety net for refugees, Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District makes an impact on the world stage.