Granger Remarks at FY24 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill Full Committee Markup

Jul 12, 2023

As we continue our work on the Fiscal Year 2024 bills, I want to remind everyone of the situation we find ourselves in. 

During the last Congress, trillions of dollars were spent outside of the appropriations process.

We have no choice but to take a hard look at the spending this Committee oversees.

The State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill before us strikes the right balance. 

It funds important national security priorities while reducing spending on unnecessary programs.

For example, the bill prioritizes resources to counter China, Russia, Iran, and other hostile countries.

At a time when our enemies are becoming more aggressive, we must continue to support our partners and allies around the world. 

For example, the Chairman has included the funding requested for Israel to defend itself. The bill also addresses the harmful and growing bias against Isreal at the United Nations. 

Finally, this bill includes many other provisions that will properly refocus the work of State and U.S.A.I.D. 

The bill strengthens pro-life protections; supports faith-based organizations and promotes religious freedom; and prevents funding for controversial programs.

To close, I want to thank the Members and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work.

This is a strong bill, and I look forward to supporting it.