The Administration’s FY16 Budget Request for International Affairs
February 2, 2015: The Administration’s $54.8 billion budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 is an important step in the right direction in reversing past cuts to International Affairs. However, the total request level for International Affairs is a modest increase at a time of significant demands on many programs overseas.
Notable Increases in the Budget
1. Economic Support Fund: 29.2%
ESF provides strategic economic assistance to address global crises and countries in conflict countries, including Ukraine and its neighbors, combating ISIL in Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2. Millennium Challenge Corporation: 38.9%
MCC’s innovative approach to providing assistance receives a plus up to support a growing number of countries in the coming years and to undertake regional compacts in addition to the traditional country-focused compacts.
3. International Peacekeeping: 32.1%
Crises in Central African Republic to Sudan to Somalia require additional resources, and a new forward-thinking fund for unanticipated needs that will help us respond more quickly in the future.
Notable Decreases in the Budget
1. Global Health: 3.2%
While still representing one of the largest components of the FY16 budget, the Administration’s $8.18 billion request reduces Global Health spending with cuts to about half of the elements that fall within health accounts.
2. Humanitarian Assistance: 13%
Disaster aid, refugee assistance, and food aid (PL480) are down at a time when natural disasters and conflicts are on the rise. This reduction, however, comes after significant increases to the account over the past three years.
Find the full list of increases and decreases in the detailed analysis below.