State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2009 Appropriations [Updated July 1, 2008]   [open pdf - 197KB]

"This report analyzes the FY2009 request and recent-year funding trends; it will track major foreign policy issues Congress may consider and will highlight congressional action throughout the appropriations process. This report will be updated to further reflect congressional action. The annual State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies appropriations bill is the primary legislative vehicle through which Congress reviews the U.S. international affairs budget and influences executive branch foreign policy making in general. Funding for Foreign Operations and State Department/Broadcasting programs has been steadily rising since FY2002, and amounts approved for FY2004 in regular and supplemental bills reached an unprecedented level compared with the past 40 years, largely due to Iraq reconstruction funding. Emergency supplementals enacted annually since September 11, 2001, also have pushed spending upward."

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