Congress Recesses Leaving Appropriations Bills Stalled
With Congress home for the August recess, the FY15 appropriations bills and the FY14 border supplemental have been left unresolved. When lawmakers return in September, the FY14 border supplemental will be among the early orders of business but it is unclear as to how the measure will proceed. Congress will also need to pass an FY15 Continuing Resolution before the fiscal year ends on September 30th. Final action of FY15 appropriations bills – including State-Foreign Operations – will not come until after the November mid-term elections in the lame duck session. The FY15 Continuing Resolution is expected to extend through December and depending on the outcome of the election, Congress will either finalize FY15 into an omnibus appropriations bill or extend the CR into early/mid 2015.
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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.