Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Recognizes the importance of foreign assistance programs in promoting national security, demonstrating the American people's humanitarian spirit, and improving U.S. credibility in world affairs. Expresses support for providing... Read More

Status

This resolution was introduced on Jan 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least one percent of United States gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs.

Whereas, on April 3, 1948, President Harry Truman signed into law the Economic Recovery Act of 1948, inspired by a plan of economic trade and assistance for European countries proposed by Secretary of State George C. Marshall, otherwise known as the Marshall Plan; Whereas, from the years 1947 to 1951, the United States gave $13 billion, equivalent to $137 billion in 2007, in economic aid and technical assistance to assist in the economic recovery of 16 European countries; Whereas the Marshall Plan, among other objectives, sought to assure global peace and defend the national security of the United States through direct foreign assistance programs aimed at combating economic, social, and political degradation; Whereas poverty, lack of opportunity, and environmental degradation are recognized as significant contributors to socioeconomic and political instability, as well as to the exacerbation of disease pandemics and other global health threats; Whereas elevating the United States standing in the world represents a critical and essential element of any strategy to improve national and global security by mitigating the root causes of conflict and multinational terrorism, strengthening diplomatic and economic relationships, preventing global climate change, curbing weapons proliferation, and fostering peace and cooperation between all nations; Whereas the Foreign Assistance Act, signed into law on September 4, 1961, reaffirms ``the traditional...

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9 Supporting
95 Opposing
9% 91%

State: CA

1 Supporting
7 Opposing
13% 88%

District: 1st

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I support HCR7 because I live in Haiti and witness how foreign aid saves lives, opens markets for US goods, and creates a safer world. Haiti is known as one of the most corrupt countries, but I have seen aid reach people in need, including programs where US funds went directly to the Haitian government. Our non-profit partnered with numerous corporations from District 18 that provided products that benefited Haitians, helping build markets for products abroad. Foreign aid saves 4 million lives per year through vaccines and nutrition alone and brought safe drinking water to 1.3 billion people in the last 10 years. In a recent poll, Americans estimated that 25% of the federal budget is spent on foreign aid. When asked what is an appropriate amount, the median response was 10%. The actual amount is less than 1% of the budget (less than 0.3% GDP). If this bill were enacted, foreign aid would still be less than half of what the average person says is appropriate. Sustainable Defense Task Force details $1 trillion over 10 years of Pentagon waste that could be cut without making us less safe. Reinvesting this in foreign aid would win friends and make us more secure and prosperous.

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PA
18
Michael_R
PA-18
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") Get the hell out with this nonsense. What foreign country is going to bail US out?

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CA
6
EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
1 year ago

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") because...we're going to steal from Americans to buy off foreign peoples? No, charity is a free person making the choice to give. This is the government machine stealing from us and giving in our name in the most wasteful manner. Where is this authorized in the Constitution?

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NV
2
JLFM
NV-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") because it should certainly be less than one percent.

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MA
8
irishpatsnell
MA-8
2 years ago

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") because...Lets fix our problems first.

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TX
13
Texasbarbq
TX-13
2 years ago

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") because...We need to be taking care of Americans. America first !

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FL
17
Anonymous249553
FL-17
2 years ago

I oppose H.Con.Res. 7 ("Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis,") because we've given enough foreign aid that winds up going to the country's leaders and not the people.

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TX
10
RosemarySodolakErmis
TX-10
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Recognizes the importance of foreign assistance programs in promoting national security, demonstrating the American people's humanitarian spirit, and improving U.S. credibility in world affairs. Expresses support for providing at least 1% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) each year for nonmilitary foreign assistance.

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