Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY16 Spending Allocations
On May 21, 2015, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved on a party-line vote (16-14) the all-important 302(b) spending allocations for FY16. The 302(b) allocation of $49.0 billion includes $39.0 billion in base funding, $9.3 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and $759 million in emergency spending. Taken together, the Senate’s total State-Foreign Operations allocation (base + OCO + emergency) is 1% below enacted spending, 2% above the House, and 8% below the President’s request. While the overall levels are significantly better than the House (by $1.2 billion), the primary concern of the Senate allocation is that base spending is cut by $1 billion from current levels and is $1.5 billion less than the House’s allocation.
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