The United States needs to be more careful in how we spend our money. We cannot afford to be the policemen of the world nor throw around our dollars as if Americans did not earn each and every one of them. Our foreign aid system is wasteful and broken. Since the passage of the Foreign Assistance Act in 1961, foreign aid programs have spread across 12 departments, 25 agencies, and almost 60 federal offices. Funding levels have likewise swelled, doubling in the last 10 years alone. We give money to organizations that do not achieve the results they promise and governments that pocket the money instead of giving it to their people that are in need. Many of these countries hate us no matter how much we help them. We should not pay countries to hate us; they will do it for free. I’ve introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act to require the President to make sure we know where every dollar is going, including measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for all foreign assistance programs. We simply cannot afford to waste taxpayer dollars any longer.
The future preeminence of the United States is not and never has been guaranteed. Generation after generation worked hard and sacrificed much to make us the great country that we are today. It is now our turn to ensure the vigor and vitality of America are enjoyed by our children and grandchildren.
To learn more about my work as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee and the work of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, please visit http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/.