WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2021 federal spending bill to ensure the United States restores its global leadership role by investing in programs to promote national security and international development and provide global health assistance to fight the pandemic. Senator Coons worked on a bipartisan basis to reject the president’s proposal to slash funding for U.S. national security and development agencies by 30 percent for the fourth year in a row. The Senate voted to pass these provisions on Monday as part of a $1.4 trillion annual spending package, and they are soon expected to become law.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us hard in the United States, and we must remember that our allies and partners face similar challenges. It is in the United States’ interest and consistent with our values to lead the global response to this disease. This year’s bipartisan spending deal represents an initial down payment on what will need to be a more aggressive response to the health crisis and economic consequences of the pandemic.” said Senator Coons. “I am pleased that the package includes provisions that will provide $4 billion to a public-private partnership that can help ensure swift distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine to low income countries. I am also pleased to see two of my major authorizing bills, the Sudan Claims Resolution Act and the Nita Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act included in the package.”
The federal spending bill includes provisions that will ensure the United States remains a global leader and continues to safeguard U.S. interests and values around the world, including: