July 26, 2013
To start with, the Senate appropriations bill for State-Foreign Operations is $10 billion above the House level. The Senate provides $50.6 billion for State-Foreign Operations, including $44.1 billion for base programs and $6.5 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). These levels in the Senate measure are about the same as current sequestered levels and 2% below the President’s request. Overall, the Senate bill provides funds at or near the FY14 request for most accounts, but with significant increases (+$1.63 billion) for humanitarian programs and sharp reductions (-$1.97 billion) for agency operations and assistance in the Frontline States of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.
In contrast, the $40.6 billion House bill – $34.1 billion for the base and $6.5 billion for OCO – falls 19.9% below current post-sequestration spending and 21.4% under the President’s FY14 request. The House measure concentrates and prioritizes funds in three areas: diplomatic security, global health, and security assistance. For nearly all other accounts and activities, the House plan makes deep cuts, particularly for multilateral programs.
Snapshot: Major Differences between House and Senate Bills
|Embassy Security: 0.6% difference||USAID Operating Expenses: 12.2% difference|
|Security Assistance: 0.6% difference||Development Assistance: 20.2% difference|
|Global Health: 3.3% difference||Economic Support Fund: 34.8% difference|
|Millennium Challenge Corporation: 21.9% difference|
|Humanitarian Assistance: 35.6% difference|
|Int’l Organization Contributions: 58.8% difference|
|Peacekeeping: 15.4% difference|
|Int’l Financial Institutions: 63.9% difference|
The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved its FY14 bill by voice vote after voting down several amendments offered by Committee Democrats to restore funding for several accounts. These amendments included:
The Committee adopted three amendments:
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the measure yesterday morning by a vote of 23-7, following the Subcommittee’s approval on Tuesday by voice vote. Seven of the Committee’s 14 Republicans voted in favor of the measure: Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
During the markup, adopted amendments included:
Click here for a detailed analysis of the House and Senate bills.