US Congress at odds over implementing Foreign Aid Pilot Program in Libya

US Congress at odds over implementing Foreign Aid Pilot Program in Libya

August 21, 2022 - 12:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

US-based Foreign Policy magazine has reported that the landmark US Foreign Aid Pilot Program, which was passed nearly three years ago, has hit a roadblock amid an impasse between Congress and the Biden administration over where to start funding these foreign aid programs.

The Global Fragility Act, passed by Congress in December 2019, was rejected by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who objected to the US administration’s plan to begin Global Fragility Act pilot programs in Libya and Haiti.

Foreign Policy says that under the Global Fragility Act, the Biden administration was tasked with picking four pilot countries and one region to start new programs aimed at tackling the root causes of fragility and political instability.

It announced those picks in April: Haiti, Libya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, and a grouping of five Coastal West African countries (Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and Togo) that will take part in the revamped US strategy.

"Senators Graham and Coons, who lead an influential Senate subcommittee that oversees funding for U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid, objected to the administration’s choices of Libya and Haiti, arguing they’re not the right fit for this new program." The magazine added.