State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations [October 6, 2011] [open pdf - 588KB]
"Some in the 112th Congress view the foreign affairs budget as a place to cut funds in order to reduce the budget deficit. Foreign affairs expenditures typically amount to about 1% of the annual budget. Others, including Members of Congress of both political parties, view a robust foreign affairs budget as essential for America's national security and foreign policy interests. The State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies appropriations bills, in addition to funding U.S. diplomatic and foreign aid activities, have been the primary legislative vehicle through which Congress reviews the U.S. international affairs budget and influences executive branch foreign policy making in recent years. (Congress has not amended foreign policy issues through a complete authorization process for State Department diplomatic activities since 2003 and for foreign aid programs since 1985.) […] This report focuses on the $59.65 billion requested for programs and activities funded through the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill, which excludes some portions of the International Affairs request such as certain commissions and foreign food aid requested as part of other budget functions. The Administration's FY2012 budget request seeks significant increases for State Department's administration of foreign affairs accounts, security assistance, and various multilateral environmental accounts. Programs for which the Administration recommended significantly reduced funding, compared with enacted FY2011 levels, are funding for the East- West Center, Debt Restructuring, and Emergency Refugee and Migration assistance."
CRS Report for Congress, R41905
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