March 26, 2020
Capping off days of intense negotiations between Congress and the Administration, this week a deal was reached on a third tranche of FY20 emergency supplemental funding to respond to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. The massive $2 trillion package, which is largely focused on mitigating the economic impacts of the pandemic, is the largest economic relief measure in America’s history. The package was approved unanimously by the Senate and is expected to pass the House on Friday before going to the President for his signature.
As a reminder, this funding to combat COVID-19 is not subject to discretionary spending caps for FY20 because it has been designated by Congress as “emergency” resource needs.
International Affairs Funding
Last week, the Administration requested an additional $220 million in international affairs resources to cover “unanticipated” costs related to COVID-19. Ultimately, as a result of bipartisan leadership in Congress, the third supplemental provided $1.12 billion in funding for the International Affairs Budget to support the global response.
This funding builds on the initial $1.25 billion for the State Department and USAID included in the first COVID-19 emergency funding bill that was signed into law earlier this month. These additional resources are essential to combating the pandemic worldwide and to protecting the security and economic interests of all Americans.
Specifically, the $1.12 billion is divided among the following:
Other Notable Provisions
The supplemental also contains other important provisions, including:
As COVID-19 continues to impact America and the rest of the world, Congress is already discussing the possibility of additional emergency funding bills. It is clear that Democrats and Republicans in Congress understand that we cannot successfully defeat this pandemic threat unless we fight it in every corner of the world. That is why it will be important for future emergency COVID-19 funding bills to include necessary resources to protect the safety and interests of Americans and ensure the U.S. continues to lead on the global response.