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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve FY16 State-Foreign Operations Bills

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their FY16 State-Foreign Operations bills. The Senate’s allocation, which maintains funding at nearly current levels, totals $49.0 billion: $39.0 billion in base funding, $9.3 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and $759 million in emergency spending. The House’s allocation totals $47.8 billion: $40.5 billion in base funding and $7.3 billion in OCO funding. No further action is expected on the bills as the appropriations process loses momentum and lawmakers look to the fall for a broader budget agreement.

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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.