The Senate Appropriations Committee released topline spending allocations and is moving forward in the hopes of passing all 12 spending bills on the floor by October 1st. The State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) appropriations bill, which funds 96% of the International Affairs Budget, received a total of $52.1 billion for FY17, 1% below current levels ($600 million). In the House, it remains unclear as to when the Appropriations Committee will release its topline allocations, though Appropriators are also moving ahead on spending bills.
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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.