March 11, 2021
1. House Passes Deeming Resolution, Kicking off FY22 Appropriations Process
In a late start to the FY22 budget and appropriations process, earlier this month the House approved a “deeming” resolution – allowing House Appropriators to draft spending bills in the absence of a formal budget resolution. Consistent with the Administration’s FY22 budget request, the deeming resolution sets a $1.5 trillion topline discretionary spending level (also known as the 302(a) allocation) for House Appropriators, but it does not break out specific levels for defense and non-defense discretionary spending.
The House Appropriations Committee wasted no time in getting to work and is scheduled to complete action on its twelve FY22 appropriations bills – including the State-Foreign Operations bill that funds the vast majority of the International Affairs Budget – by mid-July.
2. House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Approved by Subcommittee
On Friday, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY22 spending bill by voice vote. The bill provides strong funding for two important international food assistance programs as COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on global hunger and food insecurity. Specifically, the bill includes:
Agriculture Appropriations International Programs Snapshot
|FY20 Enacted||FY21 Enacted||FY22 Request||FY22 House|
|Food for Peace/PL 480 Title II||$1.73 billion||$1.74 billion||$1.57 billion||$1.74 billion|
|McGovern-Dole||$220 million||$230 million||$230 million||$245 million|
|Total||$1.95 billion||$1.97 billion||$1.8 billion||$1.99 billion|
As COVID-19 continues to surge in hotspots around the world, last night the House State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY22 SFOPS bill by voice vote.
House Appropriators included a total of $62.2 billion for the SFOPS bill – a 12% ($6.7 billion) increase compared to the FY21 non-emergency enacted level and 0.5% ($294 million) above the Administration’s FY22 request. Consistent with the Administration’s request, the House SFOPS bill provides all funding through the base budget.
State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Budget Snapshot
|FY21 Enacted*||FY22 Request||FY22 House|
|Base||$47.5 billion||$61.9 billion||$62.2 billion|
|Subtotal||$55.5 billion||$61.9 billion||$62.2 billion|
*Excludes $16.1 billion in primarily COVID-related FY21 emergency funding
USGLC released a statement welcoming this important commitment to strengthen overall funding for America’s development, diplomacy, and global health programs at a time of unprecedented global challenges that directly impact all Americans’ health and economic interests.
As the FY22 appropriations process moves forward, USGLC urges Congress and the Administration to use this funding level as the floor to ensure our international affairs investments match what is truly necessary to advance the health, safety, and economic interests of American families.
We will share more details when the House Appropriations Committee releases its report to accompany the SFOPS bill in the coming days, but the bill text and committee summary provide important details on funding levels for specific programs and accounts.