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House Appropriations Committee Approves State, Foreign Operations Spending Bill

On July 12, the House Appropriations Committee approved, by voice vote, the 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved the legislation by voice vote on July 6 (see The Source, 7/8/16). The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill, S. 3117, on June 29 (see The Source, 7/1/16).

According to the committee report, the bill would provide $52.08 billion in overall funding in FY2017, which is $595 million below FY2016 and $691.443 billion below President Obama’s request.

The Department of State would be funded at $11.121 billion, $182 million below FY2016 and $772 million below the president’s request. This includes a decrease of $243.044 million to international peacekeeping programs.

Bilateral Economic Assistance, which funds several global health programs, would be funded at $24.2 billion, which is $104 million below last year’s enacted level and $149 million above the president’s request. This includes an increase in funding to Maternal and Child Health at $182.5 million above FY2016, but a decrease of $124 million to Family Planning/Reproductive Health.

Under this legislation, the United Nations Population Fund would receive no funding.

The following chart details funding for programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency FY2016 President’s FY2017 Request Senate 2017 House 2017
Department of State
Diplomatic and Consular Affairs $5.623 billion $6.54 billion $6.006 billion $6.094 billion
International Peacekeeping $666.574 million $806.93 million $781.93 million $563.886 billion
Office of Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons $12 million $20.7 million $12.454 million $12.5 million
USAID $1.378 billion $1.44 billion $1.356 billion $1.452 billion
Bilateral Economic Assistance
Migration and Refugee Assistance $931.886 million $922.597 million $931.886 million $771.096 million
Global Health and Child Survival (State and USAID) $8.503 billion $8.577 billion $8.665 billion $8.916 billion
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) $5.67 billion $5.67 billion $5.67 billion $5.67 billion
Maternal and Child Health $750 million $814.5 million $814.5 million $997 million
Vulnerable Children $22 million $14.5 million $23 million $22 million
Family Planning/Reproductive Health $523.95 million $544 million $585 million $461 million
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria $1.35 billion $1.35 billion $1.35 billion $1.35 billion
HIV/AIDS—USAID $330 million $330 million $330 million $330 million
Microbicides $45 million $45 million $45 million $45 million
International Organizations and Programs
U.N. Children’s Fund $132.5 million $132 million $132.5 million $132.5 million
U.N. Women (formerly UNIFEM) $7.7 million $14 million $7.7 million $7.7 million
U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) $32.5 million $35 million $37.5 million $0

 

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