State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2015 Budget and Appropriations [May 27, 2014]   [open pdf - 522KB]

"The annual State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill (also referred to here as 'foreign affairs appropriations' or 'foreign affairs funding') is the primary legislative vehicle through which Congress reviews the U.S. international affairs budget and influences executive branch foreign policy making. (Foreign relations authorization and foreign assistance authorization legislation, required by law prior to State Department and foreign aid expenditures, are also available to Congress to influence foreign policy, but Congress has not passed either since FY2003 and FY1985, respectively. Instead, Congress has waived the requirement within the appropriations laws.) On March 4, 2014, the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its budget request for FY2015. The request for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs totals $48.62 billion, which is 1.3% below the FY2014 estimated funding level of $49.29 billion. Within the request, $5.91 billion is designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, which is 9.3% below the FY2014 estimated OCO funding of $6.52 billion. Of the total request, $16.81 billion is for State Department Operations and related agencies, a 6.0% increase from the FY2014 funding estimate of $15.86 billion. Much of the requested increase is for U.S. Contributions to International Organizations (CIO) and Contributions to International Peacekeeping (CIPA) accounts. For Foreign Operations, the Administration is requesting $31.81 billion, a 6.1% decrease from the FY2014 estimate of $33.87 billion."

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