House International Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, Statement on Afghanistan: Congresswoman McKinney
November 2, 2001
The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Bush,
I write concerning the budgetary provisions for Development Assistance to
sub-Saharan Africa for Fiscal Year 2002. Your administration has requested
$789.4 million for sub-Saharan Development Assistance, which is more than
four million dollars less than the assistance that was allocated for Fiscal
Year 2001. At the same time, the administration has sought an increase in
funding for International Military Education and Training Programs.
As you know, Development Assistance is a crucial component of our foreign aid
to Africa. This assistance meets important needs in its focus on economic
reform and grassroots development. Furthermore, it includes the Child
Disease Survival Programs Fund. Unfortunately, American assistance to
sub-Saharan Africa has decreased in the past decade, even as poverty, war,
and the AIDS pandemic plague the Continent.
Economics professors often use guns and butter as examples of competing
products on their graphs in the classroom. The analogy is appropriate to this
If the people of sub-Saharan Africa receive more guns than butter, it would
turn into a situation that would be a travesty for your Administration and
one that I believe you will soon regret.
Mr. President, by reconsidering this insufficient budget request and
providing truly meaningful foreign aid, you have the opportunity to increase
humanitarian assistance and with it the stability of sub-Saharan Africa.
I thank you for considering a truly just foreign aid package to sub-Saharan
Africa and pledge to support such a package in the House of Representatives.
Member of Congress