This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its nine remaining FY22 spending bills – including the FY22 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill – as Congress hurdles toward a December 3rd deadline to fund the government...
With hours to spare before the federal government was scheduled to shut down, Congress approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend government funding for two months – but only after Democrats removed a provision to suspend the debt ceiling in the face of Republican opposition.
In a long-awaited start to the Senate’s FY22 appropriations process, this week the Appropriations Committee approved its first three spending bills – including the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which funds two international food assistance programs.
In a flurry of activity before the August recess, the House completed work this week on nine of its twelve FY22 spending bills – including the State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) and Agriculture Appropriations bills, which fund the vast majority of the International Affairs Budget.
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY22 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bill on a party-line vote (32-25) following approval at the subcommittee level earlier this week. As previously mentioned, the overall funding level in the bill is $62.2 billion.
In a late start to the FY22 budget and appropriations process, earlier this month the House approved a “deeming” resolution – allowing House Appropriators to begin drafting spending bills in the absence of a formal budget resolution.
Nearly two months after the release of its discretionary funding request, the Administration has published the full details of its Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal. The request for the International Affairs Budget provides important insights into the Administration’s spending priorities as COVID-19 surges around the world, threatening America’s recovery at home.
This year’s federal budget process takes place against the backdrop of a COVID-19 pandemic that has dramatically altered the global landscape in new and unforeseen ways with important consequences for all Americans. From new strains of the virus and concern about future pandemic threats to increasing conflict and humanitarian crises to growing economic competition from countries like China, America is facing a vastly more complex international arena compared to this time last year. These issues will be at the center of budget conversations in Congress and the Administration in the weeks and months ahead.
As the world marks one year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, this week Congress passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion emergency relief package to address the pandemic’s ongoing impact on America’s health, security, and economic recovery. Importantly, the package includes $10.8 billion in International Affairs Budget resources for the global response.