As Congress struggles to negotiate a budget deal to keep the government running, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) told lawmakers Wednesday that the GOP version of the budget bill would result in the deaths of at least 70,000 children who depend on American food and health assistance around the world.
"We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying," USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee.
Can we continue to support the world??
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I always get a chill when I hear such figures. They throw around figures like that with the complete confidence that the American people can't do math. In 2005, there were 2.2 billion children in the world. I do believe that the 70,000 they worry about are disbursed enough so that their home country can care for them. But, why should they? The American pocketbook will open up and do the work for them.
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