Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 390, Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 [September 22, 2017]   [open pdf - 92KB]

From the Document: "H.R. 390 would authorize the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support entities that are assisting threatened members of minority groups in Iraq or Syria and entities that are seeking legal accountability for certain crimes in those countries. The department and USAID currently provide humanitarian and other assistance in Iraq and Syria that would partially meet the objectives of the act. According to the department, that assistance generally totals between $5 million to $10 million a year (some assistance is provided annually while other assistance is one-time or provided over several years). Based on information from the Administration, CBO [Congressional Budget Office] expects that small amounts of additional assistance would be provided under H.R. 390. Such assistance would build the capacity of entities that collect and preserve evidence or that investigate, prosecute, or adjudicate genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The funds also would assist entities that would be identified as working with persecuted and at-risk minority groups. Based on spending for similar programs, CBO estimates that providing additional assistance authorized under the act and administering that assistance would require additional appropriations of $2 million to $3 million a year. CBO estimates that implementing those provisions would cost $6 million over the 2018-2022 period (the remainder would be spent after 2022)."

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