House and Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills Approved
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their FY15 State-Foreign Operations Bills, each totaling approximately $48.3 billion. However, while both the House and Senate bills are nearly identical on the total spending level, they differ significantly on the split between base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding and on the prioritization of some accounts. In particular, the Senate bill provides $2.7 billion less in base funding than the House bill. Further details and analysis can be found here.
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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.