State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2009 Appropriations
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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 DepartmentBroadcasting programs has been steadily rising since FY2002, and amounts approved for FY2004 in regular and supplemental bills reached an unprecedented level compared with the previous 40 years, largely due to Iraq reconstruction funding. Emergency supplementals enacted annually since September 11, 2001, also have pushed spending upward. On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, into law P.L. 111-8. The House had introduced H.R. 1105 on February 23, 2009, passed it on February 25, and sent it to the Senate, where it was passed by voice vote on March 10. The bill included 36.8 billion for Division H----Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations, 2009. On January 31 and February 10, 2009, the House of Representatives and Senate respectively passed H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Economic Stimulus Package. The President signed the 789 billion bill on February 17, 2009, which provided 602 million additional funds for programs within the State-Foreign Operations appropriations. The State Department estimated that the additional funding would create about 1,460 jobs in the United States. On February 4, 2008, President Bush sent his FY2009 budget request to Congress. The House Appropriations State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee marked up its then-unnumbered bill on July 16. The Chairwomans Mark totaled 36.62 billion, 3.82 billion more than FY2008 enacted levels. No further action on that bill occurred.
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