2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: June 11, 2021

May 28, 2021

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to discuss urgent shared priorities for development and humanitarian assistance during the current surge of COVID-19 across India.

May 28, 2021

Thank you, and good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing on the details of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget request for the State Department and USAID that was released earlier today. With us on the line are State Department Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian McKeon and the USAID Administrator’s Principal Advisor Mark Feierstein.

May 28, 2021

Administrator Power congratulated Vice President Ramírez on her recent appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs. She underscored USAID’s commitment to working with the people and government of Colombia as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic; reactivate the economy and create jobs; and address challenges that have contributed to widespread civil unrest amidst troubling reports of police violence.

May 28, 2021

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which includes $58.5 billion for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The budget request includes $27.7 billion in fully and partially managed accounts for USAID to support the President’s vision of restoring America’s leadership around the globe. In addition, the American Jobs Plan (AJP) will seek $400 million in mandatory funds over five years, including $80 million in FY 2022, across USAID to develop vibrant clean energy global markets and in turn support job creation in the United States.

May 26, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Ramallah more than $38 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, in response to recent violence that displaced more than 100,000 people in Gaza and created urgent needs in Gaza and the West Bank.