The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their respective funding levels for the FY17 International Affairs Budget. The Senate has set out $54.1 billion and the House $54.0 billion for these programs—approximately a 1% cut compared to current spending. However, given the abbreviated congressional calendar, it is unlikely that either bill will be passed into law before the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The House and Senate are expected to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution when they return from the summer recess that will fund the government through the end of the year and possibly beyond.
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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.