Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2023 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2023 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill on a 32 to 24 vote.
In total, the bill provides $64.57 billion, which is $8.475 billion above 2022 – an increase of 15 percent. The legislation:
- Increases humanitarian and development assistance to help the world’s most vulnerable meet urgent needs, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global rise of food and fuel prices.
- Strengthens the global public health infrastructure to continue combating the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future pandemics.
- Prioritizes climate change with critically needed funding for global efforts to reduce emissions, including the Green Climate Fund.
- Promotes democracy, human rights, and anti-corruption efforts, including those that counter governments such as the People’s Republic of China, that undermine the core values of democracy.
- Advances gender equity and equality by increasing funding for programs that support women and girls, family planning, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and repealing punitive and unnecessary restrictions on safe and legal abortion.
- Supports allies and partners of the United States and reaffirms U.S. leadership on the world’s stage by fully funding our United Nations assessments and increases our voluntary contributions to key UN agencies.
“The State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill ensures the United States has the diplomatic, development and humanitarian response tools to put our values into action around the world,” State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) said. “The FY23 bill includes crucial funding to combat the climate crisis, defend human rights and inclusive, accountable governance, end the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and get the world back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The bill also seeks to respond to the acute food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and provides the resources for the Administration’s effort to strengthen and expand a diverse and representative federal foreign policy workforce. I am confident this bill will enable the United States to be on the front lines every single day working to save lives, promote stability, and increase our engagement with the world.”
“What happens around the world has real impacts on our national security, public health, and economy. We also have a responsibility to support our allies and partners,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “With this State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill, we are strengthening the global public health infrastructure which is critical to combatting the spread of COVID-19. We are supporting women and girls, combatting climate change, and increasing humanitarian assistance. I am particularly proud that this bill includes critical investments to support our allies battling against Russian aggression and Putin’s unyielding pursuit of power. With this bill, we bolster our global leadership and deliver on our promises.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full Committee:
Rep. Lee – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Reschenthaler #2 – This amendment prohibits the use of funds from supporting work performed by EcoHealth Alliance in China. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Reschenthaler #1 – This amendment prohibits the use of funds from supporting the UN International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Womack – This amendment prohibits UN peacekeeping funds from being used to procure Russian equipment. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Cline #2 – This amendment adds new oversight requirements to funding provided to Ukraine. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Diaz-Balart #3 – This amendment prohibits the use of funds to implement an agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program unless such agreement has been submitted to Congress for review. The amendment also prohibits the use of funds to revoke the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The amendment was adopted by voice vote following the adoption of the second degree amendment by Rep. Wasserman Schultz.