Breaking News on Deep Cuts

April 5, 2011 By Melissa Silverman

Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2012 budget proposal this morning, which includes very deep cuts to the International Affairs Budget.  The details are still being analyzed, but it looks like a 40% cut from the President’s FY12 request and a 34% cut from current levels.  Look for more analysis on this from USGLC throughout the day.  As the Friday deadline for a possible government shutdown approaches, House Republicans have proposed another continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government for one more week, giving budget negotiators more time to reach a deal. In the proposed one-week CR, the measure cuts an additional $12 billion in spending, including about $830 m from the International Affairs Budget.  The cuts include $212 million from international financial institutions, $466 million from various foreign assistance accounts (including Development Assistance and the Economic Support Fund), and $237 million from United Nations and peacekeeping activities.

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