Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 State and Foreign Operations Bill
Legislation continues essential security efforts to help to protect Americans and U.S. interests abroad, while cutting spending for lower-priority international programs
July 24, 2013 -
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The legislation totals $34.1 billion in regular discretionary funding, which is $8 billion, or 19%, below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and approximately $6 billion below the current level caused by automatic sequestration cuts. In addition, the legislation includes $6.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terror (OCO/GWOT) for the war-related costs of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as emergency stabilization and humanitarian response efforts.
In order to promote American interests abroad, the bill prioritizes funding on overseas security efforts. This includes full funding for embassy security in the wake of the terrorist attacks on United States diplomatic facilities, assistance to key foreign allies, programs to promote democracy abroad, and help for refugees and other humanitarian efforts. To meet these priorities, the bill eliminates or reduces funding to lower-priority international programs.
“This year, we have to make a lot of tough budget choices in the face of uncertainty around the world. This legislation targets funding to programs that are proven to advance U.S. interests, to preserve security both on our soil and off, and to fight crime across the globe – including anti-terrorism efforts, peace-keeping operations, narcotics control, and crime prevention. This bill finds the necessary balance - acknowledging our limited budget by making steep funding reductions, but still meeting our most critical priorities,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
“Faced with billions of dollars in spending cuts, this bill focuses on national security programs that keep the United States and our allies secure, while anticipating continued change around the world. Funding is prioritized for embassy security, critical strategic partners in the Middle East and Latin America, democracy assistance, and life-saving HIV/AIDS and refugee programs,” State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger said. “In order to meet the reduced subcommittee funding levels, some programs had to be terminated, scaled back, or put on 'pause' until the United States is in a better financial position.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Granger – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Kingston – The amendment would reduce funding for the salaries of the Secretary of State or the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan by 25% if they do not submit a plan to Congress by July 1, 2014 on the implementation of an auditing process for international organization's grant funding. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Lee – The amendment adds language requiring reporting on HIV/AIDS country partnerships. The amendment was adopted in a voice vote.
The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.
For the text of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-fc-ap-fy2014-ap00-stateforop.pdf
For the bill report, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2014-stateforop.pdf