The House today passed, on a 217 to 212 vote, the 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill. The legislation funds U.S. diplomatic, development, and foreign policy agencies and programs, including the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
For 2022, the bill provides $62.24 billion, which is $6.737 billion above 2021 – an increase of 12.1 percent. The legislation:
- Supports the world’s most vulnerable with foreign assistance to meet urgent humanitarian needs, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Rebuilds the global public health infrastructure with a dramatic increase in funding for global health security to confront the current COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future pandemics
- Confronts climate change with funding for global efforts to reduce emissions, including the Green Climate Fund
- Advances women’s rights by increasing funding for family planning, increasing United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) funding, and repealing restrictions on safe and legal abortion
- Promotes democracy with funding to support allies and partners of the United States, particularly to counter growing Chinese influence
“This bill makes critical investments in global health and humanitarian needs, provides strong funding to address the climate crisis and advances gender equity,” State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) said. “Importantly, this bill also includes new provisions to advance the critical need for our foreign policy workforce to reflect the diversity of our nation. I’d like to thank Chair DeLauro for her leadership and my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for their dedication to getting this bill across the finish line.”
“President Biden has made it clear that America is back. The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill puts those words into action. It makes America stronger at home and respected again in the world. It restores American leadership by responding to global health threats, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And it addresses urgent humanitarian needs while confronting the climate crisis,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “With this bill, we are proving that America is back and ready to confront the biggest challenges facing our nation and world. I thank Chairwoman Lee and every Member of the Appropriations Committee for their leadership and I look forward to getting this legislation passed into law.”
The text of the bill, H.R. 4373, before action on the House Floor, is here. The Appropriations Committee’s report accompanying the bill is here. A summary of the bill, before action on the House Floor, is here. Information on amendments considered on the Floor is here.
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