Senate allocates $53B for foreign operations

The U.S. Capitol. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $53.017 billion for the state-foreign operations budget on April 19. Photo by: Phil Roeder / CC BY

A vote of 17-2 closed the spending allocations for the 2013 state-foreign operations at current 2012 levels — at least under the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The committee approved Thursday (April 19) $53.017 billion for the state-foreign operations budget, which is close to the current 2012 budget of $53.3 billion.

The approved funding level is 3.1 percent below U.S. President Barack Obama’s request. But the House Appropriations Committee is likely to approve a much lower budget when it announces allocations sometime next week.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, for one, is expecting the Senate’s allocation to be in “stark contrast” with the House’s allocation. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s budget proposal in March, which the Republican-dominated House passed, provides deep cuts to the state-foreign operations budget.

Liz Schrayer, USGLC executive director, commends the Senate for keeping funding for the International Affairs budget — 95 percent of the state-foreign operations budget — at a “strong” level. She urges the House to follow in the Senate’s bipartisan leadership and avoid deep cuts to development programs.

This is backed by Samuel Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction. Worthington called on the House to follow the “example of bipartisanship” in the Senate as they deliberate on the spending bills for international development and humanitarian assistance programs.

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  • 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.