March 2nd, 2013
11:08 AM ET

US foreign aid on budget chopping block

CNN's Elise Labott looks at how U.S. foreign aid could be affected by the forced spending cuts.

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  17. Steven

    Your telling me that we should use American Tax payer dollars so that we convince them to give buisiness to American companies? Take from the public sector and give to the private sector ? That is bogus!

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  18. Tyler

    This is the first smart thing proposed, the US is in debt, passed any normal number, we take a loan from China!! and then we turn around and give them foreign Aid, money every year does this make any kinda sense to any normal person, when the government says that these cuts are going to hurt countrys in need i say, why dont you take care of are people first like Social security, because we are the people that pay for this aid to other countrys, theres enough money that the US gives away to stock Social security for the next 150 years!!!!!!!!!!!! wake up Waashington, take care of the US people first before other countrys.

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  19. TopView20

    The article should clarify what exactly is foreign aid. While dumping truck loads of cash into the pockets of various foreign ministers can be represented as "aid" to the US public, let us not be naive. I would advocate discontinuing 90% of "foreign aid" in favor of supporting domestic needs, but that would require the USA to make fair and effective use of those dollars. Does anybody believe that our lawmakers and government officials can be trusted to do that?

    March 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  20. Pete

    Foriegn aid being cut ,so what!!Hasn't really benefitted us in any way and aid should be changed to a pay if something like information is needed than America will buy it,nothing more..Isreal,Pakistan,Afghanistan and other non viable countries living off us for years and even in Netanyahus Isreal what have we gotten from them but headaches having to back them up all the time when their arrogent Jewish asses get them in a jam..If they're the "Chosen Ones" then let them fend for themselves and see what happens,they'll get their asses handed to them and you posters ignorent of it know it!!We need more Domestic Aid as help here because at this time the middleclass,poor are struggling and as in most European countries they tend to care for their own first,its the American thing to do!!

    March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
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  21. jonny

    Has to end sometime besides when you do help they resent you for it. Buy canadian oil stop the endless wars in the middle east for oil let them fight there own battles, cut all foriegn aid look after yourselves first and foremost. As a canadian i would like our gov to do the same thing, let the rest of the world fight there own battles. Besides even if your military is at 1/4 strength nobody would be able to touch the us they all know it.

    March 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
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    • Ceaser

      Its about time foreign aid was cut, how can you try and save the rest of the world when your own country is falling apart. Hell with these foreign countries, they have thier own ways of life and will not change for any amount of money. The U.S and Canada should take care of thier own.

      March 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  23. Bangash

    The only way for America is a return to for what it was created. Founding fathers of present USA had a very clear vision of how America would be after fighting war for independence against British Imperialism. America was to earn from international trade,avoid alliances in world politics to avid wars and since then till WW II America had been the strongest economic power, more stable and peaceful. But unfortunately after WW II America contrary to the teachings of founding fathers, followed imperials paths and began spendings on military and corporations working on different strategic points to expand American Empire. History is now repeating itself and once again this world Empire is falling under own loads. Spending abroad at the cost of own taxpayers is like depriving own people of their hard earned money is constantly adding to disappointments at home. On the other side China is following what American founding fathers had advised and today 80% world trade is constantly adding to their economy and influence in world politics.
    So the only way is a return to for which Ameria has come into existance i.e Universal peace, Justice and Fraternity.

    March 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
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  24. Joseph McCarthy

    This is one of the few bright spots to come out this sequester of the budget. We need to quit this policy of international bribery to coerce countries into carrying out our orders! No other country seems to be doing it.

    March 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      I agree, Joseph. Thank you.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Joe Brouder

        I agree more so, only problem Washington will not listen

        March 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

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