The United States Seeks to Strengthen Support Programs in Countries that Promote Freedom and Democracy

The new bill proposes financing projects to benefit partner countries and ensure mutual well-being.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN.- The Fiscal Year 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill has been approved by the House Committee on Appropriations. This legislation seeks to protect life and values, improve economic competitiveness, promote freedom, and strengthen U.S. national security. It also aims to reinforce the financing of projects for populations in need and cut spending on low-priority programs and activities.

Support Programs 

According to an official statement from the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee, Mario Diaz-Balart, various projects that promote freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights will receive support.

The programs that promote freedom and democracy in the Western Hemisphere will receive special attention, with emphasis on Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The fight against the flow of fentanyl and other drugs into the United States is also a priority. European partners that require help with Ukraine are also contemplated in the legislation.

The bill also maintains all existing pro-life protections and support for traditional American values. Additionally, programs for religious freedom and protection for religious organizations providing assistance outside the US will receive aid. Critical diplomatic functions, such as addressing delays in passport applications and ensuring embassy security, are also contemplated.

These are some of the proposals included in the bill to accomplish mutual benefit, cooperation, and the strengthening of diplomatic ties with all partner countries that cherish freedom and democracy, including Guatemala.

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