Congress Working on Continuing Resolution
With Congress back in session after a five-week recess, it must pass a FY15 Continuing Resolution (CR) before the fiscal year ends on September 30th. Progress has stalled on the CR due to the debate on authorizing action against the Islamic State (ISIL). Once passed, the CR is expected to last through December 11th when, 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 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.