Comparison of the Senate and House Budget Markups for International Affairs April 1, 2009Posted by Molly in Analysis.
Tags: 150 Account, FY 2010 Foreign Affairs Budget, House, President's Budget, Senate
Congress debates the FY 2010 Budget Resolution this week. Alongside high profile issues like fiscal discipline, health care reform and budgetary gimmicks, the House and Senate will reconsider their proposed cuts to the international affairs budget. The Senate cut $4 billion from the President’s Budget request of $53.8 billion for international affairs, while the House cut $5.35 billion.
The Budget Committees’ actions represent cuts of 7.4% (Senate) and 9.9% (House) from the President’s budget request for international affairs. To put these cuts in perspective, the Senate Budget Committee cut 2.3% from the rest of Non-Defense Discretionary (NDD) funding, excluding the international affairs funding, and the House actually increased non-international affairs NDD by .5%. The graph below highlights the disproportionate cuts in international affairs compared to other Non-Defense Discretionary funding.
While there are efforts in the House and Senate to restore these cuts, they reflect the challenging fiscal environment facing funding for diplomacy and development. At a time when the State Department and USAID are seeking to build capacity to meet the demands of U.S. policy, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, Congress remains hesitant about providing adequate funding for additional personnel and foreign assistance. At the same time, the budget resolutions fully fund the administration’s request for the Department of Defense, extending the imbalance between the civilian and military instruments of statecraft.
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