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  • Budget Update

    Administration and Congressional Leaders Reach Sweeping Two-Year Budget Deal

    Capping off a week of high-stakes negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, on Monday night the Administration and bipartisan Congressional leaders announced a landmark budget deal to raise discretionary spending caps for FY20 and FY21. The agreement, which also includes…

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  • Budget Update

    House Passes FY20 State-Foreign Operations Bill; Bipartisan Majority Defeats Cutting Amendments

    With the passage of the four-bill minibus this week, House Democrats are on track to meet their stated goal of passing all twelve FY20 appropriations bills by the end of June. A second five-bill minibus that includes the Agriculture and...

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  • Budget Update

    International Food Aid Programs See Boost in House Agriculture Appropriations Bill

    With yesterday’s approval of the FY20 Agriculture Appropriations bill, the House Appropriations Committee has completed work on the three spending bills that fund the International Affairs Budget – the State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture, and...

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  • Legislation

    Global Fragility Act (H.R. 2116)

    House passes the Global Fragility Act (H.R. 2116) introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), which would ensure effective use of U.S. foreign assistance to target the drivers of fragility and enhance stability in priority countries and regions.

  • Budget Update

    House Appropriations Committee Approves FY20 State-Foreign Operations Bill

    This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY20 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill, setting it up for a potential vote on the House floor this summer. As previously mentioned, the bill provides $56.4 billion for SFOPS split between $48.4 billion in base and $8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. This is a 4% ($2.2 billion) increase compared to the FY19 enacted level.

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  • Budget Update

    House Appropriators Approve 302(b) Allocations: Reject Dangerous Proposal to Slash International Affairs Budget

    Marking the official kick-off of the FY20 appropriations cycle, this week the House Appropriations Committee approved topline spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for all twelve FY20 spending bills – including for the State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill, which funds the vast majority of the International Affairs Budget.

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  • Budget Update

    Senate Budget Resolution Introduced: Makes Deep Cuts to Spending

    The budget resolution does not specify how the proposed spending reductions would be distributed across federal agencies – including the State Department and USAID. However, if the 9% cut were applied across the board, base funding for the...

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  • Budget Update

    Congress Finalizes FY19 Spending: Small Increase for International Affairs Budget Holds the Line At Critical Moment for U.S. Global Leadership

    Capping off months of tense negotiations between the White House and Congressional leaders – including a standoff over border security funding that resulted in a historic 35-day partial government shutdown – Congress passed a compromise spending package for FY19 that will keep the government open through September 30, 2019.

    Reflecting the strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for America’s global engagement, the FY19 International Affairs Budget is funded at $56.1 billion – a slight increase of $193 million (0.3%) compared to FY18.

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  • Budget Update

    Short-Term Deal Reached to End Shutdown, Conferenced FY19 Spending Bills Released: Congress Again Rejects Dangerous Cuts to International Affairs Budget Topline

    After several failed votes in the Senate yesterday to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 35th day, Congress and the White House today reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations over border wall funding continue. The Senate quickly approved the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), which would restore funding at current levels through February 15 and allow federal employees – including the workforce of our civilian international affairs agencies – to go back to work. The House is expected to follow suit later today. It remains to be seen whether this temporary reprieve will result in a long-term solution to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. The USGLC is monitoring the situation closely and will send updates as appropriate.

    Also, in recent days, both the House and Senate released the text of six appropriations bills that reflect bipartisan agreements reached late last year to finalize FY19 spending. While these bills are unlikely to become law until a long-term deal is struck on the border wall issue, they could become part of a broader agreement to finalize FY19 spending once and for all.

    When it comes to the FY19 International Affairs Budget, the agreement struck by Congressional negotiators not only rejects the deep and disproportionate cuts proposed by the Administration, but also slightly increases funding by $193 million (0.3%) compared to current levels. Specifically, the International Affairs Budget receives a total of $56.1 billion, split between $48.1 billion in base and $8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

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