Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open through April 28, 2017. The CR sets out $58.8 billion for the International Affairs Budget with $39.6 billion in base funding and $19.2 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account—an 8% increase above last year’s level. The additional funding is for countering ISIS and supporting humanitarian programs in the Middle East.
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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.