December 10, 2009
Summary of the FY10 State, Foreign Ops Bill
The FY10 State, Foreign Ops bill is $1.2 billion or 2.4 percent below current spending, including all supplemental funding, and $3.2 billion or 6.2 percent below the President’s request. The bill includes funding to increase personnel by up to 700 new State Department Foreign Services Officers (FSOs) and 300 USAID FSOs, aid to Afghanistan ($2.6 billion), Pakistan ($1.46 billion), and Iraq ($467 million), and funding for several of the President’s new Global Initiatives, including Food Security and Agriculture Development, Basic Education, and Global Health.
Record-Breaking Signatures on FY11 Congressional Letter
This week a record-breaking 247 Members of Congress – a solid majority of 58 Senators and 189 Representatives – delivered their respective letters to the President in support of a robust FY11 International Affairs Budget request. The House and Senate letters send a strong, bipartisan message to the Administration about the importance of continued investments in the smart power tools of development and diplomacy.
The FY11 letters galvanized support in Congress across partisan and ideological spectrums – from Blue Dogs and Freshmen Republicans to the Congressional Black, Hispanic and Progressive Caucuses. In addition, Freshman Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) authored an opinion editorial on Monday in Roll Call highlighting their reasons for championing on the letter.