Congress Passes CROmnibus Final FY15 Appropriations
Following extensive last-minute negotiations and near defeat in the House, the $1.014 trillion FY15 CROmnibus appropriations agreement was passed by the House on December 11 (219-206) and the Senate on December 13 (56-40). The measure, which was signed by the President on December 16, includes full-year funding for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills (including State-Foreign Operations). Overall, the total FY15 International Affairs appropriation, including Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and international food aid funding in the Agriculture bill, comes to $50.9 billion: $41.6 billion in base funds and $9.26 billion for OCO. Taken together, this is an increase of $300 million (0.6%) over current FY14 enacted levels. Separately, the final spending package includes $2.5 billion for International Affairs programs to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa. More information on the package, including account-by-account details, can be found here.
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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.