The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released topline spending allocations for FY17. In the Senate, the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill received a total of $52.1 billion, 1% below current levels ($600 million). In the House, the bill received a total of $52.0 billion, again 1% below current levels and slightly below the Senate bill. The appropriations process in both chambers is unlikely to proceed much further due to the abbreviated congressional calendar and heightened political tension of an election year. Both the House and Senate are expected to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution that will fund the government through the end of the year, with final funding decisions being made during the lame duck session.
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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.