April 25, 2017
Before adjourning for the year, Congress is set to send to the President’s desk a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through April 28, 2017 and provide a significant increase for the International Affairs Budget.
The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 326-96 yesterday and is expected to pass the Senate soon, includes $1.07 trillion in total discretionary spending. For the International Affairs Budget, the CR includes $39.6 billion in base funding. This is slightly below current levels, as the result of a 0.19% across-the-board cut needed to align funding levels with the spending caps.
Importantly, the proposal includes a significant increase ($4.3 billion) for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for international affairs, raising total OCO funding for the State Department and USAID to $19.2 billion. As USGLC reported earlier this fall, the Administration requested an additional $5.8 billion to counter ISIS and support humanitarian programs in the Middle East (see below for specifics). So while Congress approved less than the Administration’s request, the additional funding nonetheless provides a significant and much needed boost in funding for these important programs.
Altogether, the new CR provides a total of $58.8 billion for the International Affairs Budget, an increase of $4.2 billion (8%) above FY16 levels.
International Affairs Budget Snapshot
|FY16 Enacted||FY17 Request||FY17 House||FY17 Senate||FY17 CR|
|Base||$39.7 billion||$39.4 billion||$39.1 billion||$39.2 billion||$39.6 billion|
|OCO||$14.9 billion||$20.7 billion*||$14.9 billion||$14.9 billion||$19.2 billion*|
|Total||$54.6 billion||$60.1 billion||$54.0 billion||$54.1 billion||$58.8 billion|
*Reflects the additional $5.8 billion requested in November, and the $4.3 billion provided in the CR.
As mentioned above, the additional $4.3 billion in State/USAID funding includes funding for programs aimed at countering ISIS, providing humanitarian relief, and support for programs in the Middle East. Specifically, the funding includes:
The Senate is expected to approve the CR soon, and once passed no more legislative action is expected this year.
USGLC salutes our partners and Members of Congress for a remarkable year that included passage of eight significant pieces of bipartisan legislation that advance our interests and strengthen U.S. foreign assistance programs, including the:
The 115th Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2017.