WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offering a fiscally responsible solution to assist our country’s victims of natural disasters.
In the letter, Walker makes the case that we must consider our national debt and the need to promote American interests first during the debate over the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill.
Walker recommends a one-year reallocation of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) bilateral economic assistance and independent agencies funds to cover the cost of emergency aid to American families and businesses. Combined, these accounts amount to more than $19 billion dollars and would fully cover the cost of disaster recovery.
This recommendation is in line with proposals in President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 Budget request.
The letter addressed to Speaker Pelosi states, in part:
“The emergency spending package in front of the House spends more than $19 billion of off-budget funds and does nothing to plan for future disasters – both fiscal and natural. The federal government has sufficient funds to serve the needs of Americans impacted by natural disasters if we prioritize these American families before foreign interests.”
“This solution recognizes our dire fiscal health by reducing foreign aid and putting America and American recovery efforts first. As the President has said on multiple occasions, we must prioritize our domestic needs first and put American citizens at the front of the line, especially since they foot the bill.”