By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
On International Women’s Day, President Joe Biden announced that his FY 2023 budget will include $2.6 billion for foreign assistance programs to promote gender equity, more than double than what he set aside the previous year.
Biden announced his achievements in gender equality, including the creation of a White House Gender Policy Council and the reauthorization and amendment of Violence Against Women Act. He also highlighted the provision for funding childcare in the American Rescue Plan and the founding of the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund.
Biden didn’t release details about exactly where the money was going, but funding for foreign assistance programs often results in waste because of its decentralized nature.
Last summer, our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com released a report showing that U.S. taxpayers already pay approximately $50 billion a year in foreign aid – an amount more than the federal money flowing to 48 out of 50 state governments.
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A large portion of new global gender funding will go to missions or embassies abroad, who will be able to choose the programs to support.
With few guidelines and little oversight, there’s no telling where these funds will end up.
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The budget request will soon be sent to Congress, which ultimately decides what funding to approve, but the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives will likely try to incorporate the president’s priorities into its bill. It’s likely that $2.6 billion for gender equity for foreign assistance programs will make its way into the final bill.
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