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Trump’s (endless) War Budget

Congress can reverse course and fund peace.

By Theo Sitther, March 22, 2019


In his State of the Union speech, President Trump said that “great nations don’t fight endless wars.” Unfortunately, his actions do not match his rhetoric.

Just weeks after that speech, he sent a budget to Congress requesting vast increases for warfighting alongside staggering cuts for diplomacy and development— $11.5 billion, or 21 percent.

President Trump’s proposed cuts to the international affairs budget directly target peacebuilding and conflict prevention programs that FCNL supports. For example, the Complex Crises Fund (CCF) has been slated for elimination for a third year in a row. CCF is an important tool that provides much-needed flexible funding to prevent and respond to emerging and unforeseen crises.

The only way the United States can pivot away from endless warfighting around the world is to invest in programs to prevent, mitigate and transform violent conflict. The Trump administration’s justification for cutting funds to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development is to reduce overall spending. But the United States spends more than 200 times more on the Pentagon than on peacebuilding and conflict prevention programs, and according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, the international community saves $16 for every dollar invested in conflict prevention.

Fortunately, Congress recognizes the importance of these programs and for the past two years has rejected the president’s cuts. We will need your help to ensure that this year is no different. Together we must call on Congress to maintain and increase investments in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The chart below provides an overview of the accounts that FCNL supports.

FY20 Trump Budget Peace Accounts

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