House bill authorizes $16B for select international affairs programs

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at a budget hearing for the 2012 fiscal year. The committee passed a bill on June 27 that authorizes $16 billion for the State Department and several international affairs programs for 2013. Photo by: House Committee on Foreign Affairs / CC BY-NC

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the foreign affairs authorization bill Wednesday (June 27) with bipartisan support.

    The bill authorizes $16 billion for the State Department and several international affairs programs for 2013. This includes:

    • $8.9 billion for consular and diplomatic programs.

    • $1.5 billion for contributions to international organizations.

    • $1.8 billion for international peacekeeping operations.

    • $375 million for the Peace Corps.

    Most amounts are the same as in the current year, except for the diplomatic and consular programs, which are $1.95 billion below 2012 levels.

    The bill is lower than the State Department’s request, but the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition said the amounts are “generally very positive,” especially with many in the House calling for cuts in international affairs spending.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.