House Appropriations Committee Adopts 2011 Foreign Spending Budget

David Obey, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. Photo by: publicprivate / CC BY-SA publicprivateCC BY-SA

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations approved July 20 a USD53.98 billion budget for U.S. state and foreign operations discretionary spending for fiscal 2011.

The approved level is slightly higher than the USD52.7 billion budget proposed in the appropriations bill prepared by the committee’s state and foreign operations panel, which is chaired by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

Lowey’s bill excludes funding for U.S. assistance to Afghanistan. As Devex reported, the subcommittee has decided to defer consideration of any funding for Afghanistan until it has investigated allegations of corruption in the Asian country.

The allocation is approximately USD3 billion lower than USD56.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama. It is 3.2 percent higher than the enacted budget for 2010, according to a news release from Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.).

Full details of the funding level approved by the full committee are not yet available.

The foreign spending allocation was approved along with 11 other bills, including for homeland security, agriculture, defense, labor and military construction. All approved levels were lower than the original amount requested by the president.



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