Accession Number : ADA515219
Title : CRS Issue Statement on State and Foreign Operations Appropriations
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Epstein, Susan B
Report Date : 12 Jan 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 4
Abstract : The Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill provides annual appropriations for the vast majority of U.S. diplomatic and foreign assistance activities. The legislation covers the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) operating accounts, U.S. contributions to international organizations and peacekeeping operations, non-military international broadcasting, bilateral and multilateral U.S. foreign economic assistance, and assistance to foreign militaries. The bill also funds the Peace Corps, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other entities and programs through which the U.S. engages with the world to protect and advance U.S. national interests. Beyond providing funds, State-Foreign Operations appropriations bills in recent years have been an important means through which Congress has expressed its foreign policy priorities. In the absence of regular enactment of foreign aid and foreign relations authorization bills, these appropriations measures have routinely waived the requirement that State Department and foreign aid appropriations be authorized prior to their expenditure. As a result, State-Foreign Operations appropriations bills not only set spending levels, but can incorporate new policy initiatives that would otherwise be debated and enacted as part of authorizing legislation. The 111th Congress in its first session passed both a supplemental (P.L. 111-32) and a regular appropriation (P.L. 111-117) for the State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Agency funding. A request for supplemental foreign affairs funding may be considered alongside the regular FY2011 budget request for the Function 150 (foreign affairs) budget account in the second session.
Descriptors : *MILITARY OPERATIONS , ORGANIZATIONS , PEACEKEEPING , LEGISLATION , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , FOREIGN AID , FOREIGN POLICY , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN)
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE