Update: December 11, 2006
July 13, 2006
Abstract: State Department funding, formerly in the Commerce, Justice, State (CJS) appropriation, is now in the House’s Science, State, Justice, Commerce (SSJC) Appropriation and in the Senate’s State-Foreign Operations Appropriation. In addition, typically each Congress passes a foreign relations authorization bill that authorizes the Department of State to spend its appropriations. The first session of the 109th Congress did not pass the State Department authorization legislation, S. 600 and H.R. 2601. The President sent his FY2007 budget to Congress on February 6, 2006.
Included was the Department of State FY2007 budget request for a total of $9,502.4 million (6.5% more than the FY2006 enacted level, including rescissions and supplementals) and the international broadcasting FY2007 budget request for $671.9 million (a 4.3% increase from the FY2006 level, including rescissions).
The House Appropriations Committee reported its SSJC appropriation (H.R. 5672) on June 22, 2006. The House passed the bill on June 29, 2006, with numerous floor amendments. It included a total of $9,704.0 million for the Department of State and international broadcasting. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported its bill (H.R. 5522) on June 29, 2006. The Senate bill includes a total of $9,643.2 million for the Department of State and international broadcasting.
On September 29, 2006, Congress included a continuing resolution (CR) in the Defense Department appropriation (H.R. 5631/P.L. 109-289), signed into law the same day. The continuing resolution, Division B of the act, provides funding for the Department of State and related agencies through November 17, 2006. The funding level is the lesser of either the FY2006 amount or the House-passed or Senate-passed FY2007 levels. A second CR (H.J.Res. 100/P.L. 109-369) was passed on November 15, extending funds through December 8. On December 8th, the House passed a third CR (H.J.Res. 102) extending funding through February 15, 2007. The Senate passed the CR on December 9th.
As in the previous year, the week after the budget arrived on Capitol Hill, President Bush sent to Congress an emergency supplemental request. On March 13, 2006, Congressman Jerry Lewis introduced the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 (H.R. 4939). The President signed H.R. 4939 into law (P.L. 109-234) on June 15, 2006.
Prior to the budget submission, Secretary of State Rice presented her “Transformational Diplomacy” vision of the way the State Department will conduct foreign policy. Among other things, beginning in FY2006, according to Secretary Rice, 100 positions will be moved from Europe and Washington, DC to more challenging locations worldwide. [read report]
Topics: Government, General