House and Senate Approve FY16 Budget Resolutions
The House and Senate approved their respective FY16 Budget Resolutions by votes of 228-199 and 52-46, respectively. As previously reported, the two chambers have different visions in prioritizing the International Affairs Budget. On the more positive side, the Senate Budget largely maintains current funding levels for base International Affairs programs and provides the same funding level for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) as requested by the Administration — $41.3 billion in base funding and $7 billion for OCO. In contrast to the Senate, the House Budget would result in a 16% overall cut (-$8 billion) and a 7% cut to current base funding. The plan provides a total of $42.9 billion: $38.9 billion in base funding and $4 billion for OCO. To put this in perspective, under the House proposal, base International Affairs funding would decline by 22% compared to the enacted level from FY2010.
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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.