Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill for FY17 that will keep the government open through the end of September. The International Affairs Budget fared well in the omnibus, receiving $54.8 billion – just less than a 1% increase compared to FY16. As in the past, the total is split: $38.3 billion in base funding and $16.5 billion in OCO. With FY17 completed, Congress is now turning to FY18 in full force. The Administration released its full budget request on May 23, which proposed $40.1 billion for the FY18 International Affairs Budget – a 32% cut compared to total FY17 enacted spending.
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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.