Rep Cmte Appropriations

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2016 State and Foreign Operations Bill

Legislation will advance U.S. security abroad, support humanitarian aid, and cut lower-priority international programs to save tax dollars

Washington, Jun 2 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2016 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow.

The legislation funds the State Department and foreign assistance – prioritizing funding for American security efforts abroad, as well as critical humanitarian aid to areas facing war, conflict, and instability. The bill also supports activities to increase stability and security in areas such as the Middle East, Ukraine, and Latin America, and targets funds to embassy security, global health, refugee, and democracy programs. In order to make these focused investments, the bill reduces funds in nonessential or lower-priority areas.

In total, the bill provides $47.8 billion in both regular discretionary and Global War on Terror (GWOT) funding. This total is $1.4 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $6.1 billion below the President’s request for these programs. Within this amount, GWOT funding totals $7.3 billion – $1.9 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level – to support operations and programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, to provide emergency humanitarian relief, and to promote counterterrorism and stabilization efforts in critical areas around the globe. 

“The United States plays the central role in global stability. Our security, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts not only support our allies around the world, but will help protect our nation against current and future threats,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill targets funding to these critical endeavors – bolstering the fight against terror, strengthening our allies, helping innocent lives facing conflict and strife, and protecting our democracy, our people, and our way of life.”

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger said:

“This legislation is first and foremost a national security bill. We live in an increasingly dangerous world where terrorist groups threaten the United States, our allies and partners, and our way of life. We see Russia and China continuing to assert territorial ambitions against its neighbors, and the threat of a nuclear Iran and its support and financing of terrorists is real,” Chairwoman Granger said. “The United States must do more to lead on the world’s stage. This bill addresses challenges head-on and demonstrates our commitment to programs that promote global security and American prosperity.”

Bill Summary:

The bill prioritizes funding for security activities around the world. This includes activities in the Middle East, support for our key allies such as Israel and Jordan, and efforts in Latin America to fight drug-trafficking and crime before they reach our borders. Also included in the bill is $5.6 billion – a $173 million increase above the fiscal year 2015 level – for embassy and diplomatic security to address new needs identified after the Benghazi terrorist attack.

To meet these and other priorities, the bill eliminates funding for several programs – including the Green Climate Fund, Strategic Climate Fund, and the Clean Technology Fund. The bill also includes no funding or authority for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

International Security Assistance – The bill provides a total of $8.6 billion –$7 billion in base funding and $1.6 billion in GWOT funding – for international security assistance. This is an increase of $165 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and the same level as the President’s request.

This includes funds for anti-terrorism programs, nonproliferation programs, peacekeeping operations, international narcotics control, and other critical international security efforts that help keep Americans and our international partners safe. The bill also targets funds to bolster efforts against terrorist threats around the world, providing $319 million – $100 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level – for anti-terrorism programs. In addition, the legislation provides security assistance to key allies, including fully funding the $3.1 billion commitment to Israel, and prioritizes counter-narcotics and law enforcement efforts in Mexico, Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean.

State Department Operations and Related Agencies – The bill contains $15.8 billion – $14 billion in base funding and $1.8 billion in GWOT funding – for the State Department and related agencies. This level is $1.6 billion below the President’s request and $132.5 million above the fiscal year 2015 level. Within this amount, the legislation provides the full amount requested for embassy security at more than 275 diplomatic facilities overseas, including facility upgrades and security personnel, as recommended in the Benghazi Accountability Review Board report. To make these investments, the bill freezes assessed payments and eliminates voluntary contributions to the United Nations and international organizations.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Operations – The bill contains $1.1 billion for USAID – a decrease of $93 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $302 million below the request. This total also includes $65 million – the requested level – in GWOT funding for USAID operations in Afghanistan to ensure proper monitoring of development projects. In addition, the bill provides $232.6 million – $41.8 million above the fiscal year 2015 level – to enhance oversight and to address security requirements at USAID. 

Bilateral Assistance – The legislation contains a total of $21.5 billion – $17.6 billion in base and $3.9 billion in GWOT funding – for bilateral assistance to foreign countries. This is a decrease of $863 million from the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $1.9 billion below the request. Within this amount, programs that support development, global health, and critical humanitarian assistance are prioritized and maintained at the fiscal year 2015 level. In addition, the legislation rejects the President’s proposed reductions to programs that combat HIV/AIDS, eradicate polio, and provide clean water and sanitation. The Economic Support Fund is reduced by $823 million from the fiscal year 2015 level.

Multilateral Assistance – The legislation provides $1.4 billion in base funding for multilateral assistance to foreign countries, a reduction of $1.3 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $2 billion below the President’s request. The bill does not fund the Green Climate Fund, Strategic Climate Fund, Clean Technology Fund, debt relief, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Export and Investment Programs – The bill does not extend the authorization of the Export-Import Bank. If an authorization is not in effect during fiscal year 2016, funds may not be made available for new loans and other financing.  

Increased Oversight and Policy Provisions – The bill continues robust oversight requirements to increase program oversight, improve management, and tighten the reins on the use of taxpayer dollars. Some of these provisions include:  

Protecting U.S. Jobs– The legislation permanently overrides anti-coal regulations of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Export-Import Bank, and the World Bank, and allows the financing of coal-fired and other power generation projects by U.S. companies overseas. These provisions will bolster U.S. job creation and ensure high-quality, cost-effective energy technology is available to developing countries and other nations.

Safeguarding Life – The bill supports important policy provisions to ensure the respect for life around the globe. For example, the bill:

For the draft text of the bill, please visit: /UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2016-StateForOp-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf