Update on Foreign Aid Appropriations for FY10

July 12, 2010
by Jen Maurer, Sr. Policy Associate

The House Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations marked up (voted on) the foreign aid spending bill for fiscal year 2011 (FY11).

The Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee is expected to mark up their version of the bill next week.

No further action on the Foreign Operations spending bill is expected until after the August recess.

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria: $825 million. We expect another $300 million from the Labor, Health, and Human Services Subcommittee, which will mark up their bill later this week for a total of $1.125 billion. While this total is above the president’s request of $1 billion and last year’s enacted level of $1.05 billion, it is still far short of the global need. While we are still going to try to increase funding on the Senate side, we are also looking to increase pressure on the president to request greater funding in the coming years. Take action today.

Tuberculosis: $240 million. The president requested $230 million. The FY10 enacted level was $225 million. RESULTS is requesting $650 million for FY11.

Basic Education: $925 million. This funding level is above the president’s request ($840 million) and the same as the FY10 enacted level. Importantly, the Subcommittee also included $40 million for the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI). This is the first time the U.S. has ever contributed funding for the FTI. To learn more about this funding and what it means for our work, read the Global Campaign for Education-U.S. press release and the op-ed in the Huffington Post by Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/REF.

Microenterprise: Pending — no number released yet.

To remind yourself what RESULTS is requesting for the FY11 appropriations bill (current advocacy work), what the president requested, and what was appropriated last year, visit our appropriations page.

Review our primer on the federal budget and appropriations process to get understand the steps to reach this point and what happens next.

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