From the Document: "Congress has long expressed interest in supporting democratic governance and related rights in other countries as a means of projecting American values, enhancing U.S. security, and promoting U.S. economic interests. More than $2 billion annually has been allocated from foreign assistance funds over the past decade for democracy promotion activities, including support for good governance (characterized by participation, transparency, accountability, effectiveness, and equity), rule of law, and promotion of human rights. While there has been bipartisan support for the general concept of democracy promotion assistance, policy debates in the 115th Congress may question the consistency, effectiveness, and focus of such foreign assistance. With the Trump Administration indicating that democracy and human rights promotion might not be among its foreign policy priorities, and requesting a 32% cut in democracy promotion assistance in the FY2018 foreign assistance budget, this debate may take on new vigor."
CRS Report for Congress, R44858
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