Thursday, March 26, 2009

House Budget Committee Cuts Obama Foreign Affairs Budget Request

The House Budget Committee is marking up today a recommended budget resolution for FY 2010 that would cut 5.35 b. from the Obama Administration's international affairs budget request of $53.8 b. Chairman John Spratt's (D-NC) "mark" for the International Affairs budget does not describe any details related to that cut, which provides a budget nearly 10% below what the President had asked for.

The Administration's FY 2009 International Affairs appropriation, including supplemental funding, was $42.7 b., making the Budget Committee's FY 2010 funding level an increase over FY 2009 of $5.8 b., or 13.6%.