Foreign Operations (House)/State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Senate): FY2006 Appropriations [Updated July 1, 2005]   [open pdf - 415KB]

"A major challenge for Congress in considering the President's Foreign Operations and State Department spending proposals is the tightening budget environment. The FY2006 Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 95) sets international affairs spending 7% below the President's request. The House Appropriations Committees spending allocation among all spending bills provides $20.27 billion for Foreign Operations, 11.2% less than the proposal. The Senate Committee allocation of $31.67 billion for the combined State Department/Foreign Operations measure is $1 billion, or 3% below the request. Other key issues for congressional review are foreign aid in support of the war on terror, the Millennium Challenge Account, HIV/AIDS funding, allocations among 'core' development programs, public diplomacy, educational exchange programs, rising demands for U.N. peacekeeping contributions, and democracy promotion activities. [...] This report is a guide to one of the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. It summarizes the status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity, and is updated as events warrant. The report lists the key CRS staff relevant to the issues covered and related CRS products."

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