On December 18, 2015, the House and Senate approved a FY2016 omnibus appropriations bill. The House passed the legislation 316-113 and the Senate passed it 65-33. While the overall FY16 funding level for development and diplomacy programs was significantly increased in the final spending package, the continued erosion of base State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) funding has a concerning long-term impact. SFOPS (which funds approximately 96% of the International Affairs Budget) is the only annual appropriations bill in the FY16 omnibus that did not receive an increase in base funding; in fact, base funding was cut by nearly 6%. By contrast, overall base funding for other Non-Defense Discretionary programs was increased 6% in the omnibus and base funding for the Department of Defense was increased by 5%. Moving forward, Congress must work to address this dramatic shortfall in base funding that will be essential for America to remain a global leader.
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The entire International Affairs Budget is a mere 1% of the total federal budget.
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The International Affairs Budget leverages just over one percent of our overall budget to support critical development and diplomacy programs around the world. Programs funded by the International Affairs Budget create jobs here at home by opening new markets to American businesses and protect our national security by fighting terrorism and preventing conflicts before they start. This efficient investment also staffs all U.S. embassies overseas, fights pandemic disease, provides emergency response after natural disasters, implements agriculture programs to promote stability and prevent hunger, saves millions of lives with HIV/AIDS medications and provides essential good governance assistance to newly emerging democracies.