U.S. Congressional Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

“[On Friday] the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY14 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill by voice vote, with no amendments offered. The $40.6 billion measure, comprise[s] of $34.1 billion in base funding and $6.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds,” according to a post on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) website. “The Subcommittee faced the difficult task of writing a bill with an appropriations allocation 19 percent below current levels and the Administration’s request,” the USGLC post writes, adding, “The result is a bill that prioritizes security assistance and some global health programs but imposes deep cuts to many development and multilateral accounts” (Preston, 7/19).

The appropriations bill includes funding for U.S. global health programs at USAID and the State Department, which comprises a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Policy Tracker,” which also includes details about the bill’s proposed spending for certain global health programs (7/19). In addition, the bill reinstates the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule,” and prohibits funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), according to a subcommittee press release (7/18). The bill will be further addressed in Congress this week, USGLC notes ( 7/19). The Center for Global Health Policy’s “ScienceSpeaks” blog also writes about the bill (7/19).