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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