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Fiscal Year 2013
 After the House passed a continthe end of fiscal year 2013, theThe Senate version included seOperations Bill) and adjusted spprograms, including for Global H As expected, the final CR cappeCongressional Budget Office estbudget plus $11.2 billion for OveIt also continued sequestration,the-board, for the remainder of (including the International Affair discretionary spending, post-seqaffairs.Before taking off 5% for sequest
Increases funding for Glhealth programs and $1.$4.07 billion.
Increases funding for hu Assistance and Migratiotwo accounts.
Increases contributions tassistance at $2.82 billioincreases for the Globaland the Inter-American
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Authorizes the State Degreater flexibility. After the Senate voted to pass ton Thursday, without change, bsignature, thereby avoiding a godeadline if no agreement had be
Fiscal Year 2014
Both chambers also began to cothe House passed the so-calledof Wisconsin) by a vote of 221-2conservatives, progressives and1
uing resolution (CR) last week to fund the goveenate followed suit this week with a significantleral new spending bills (not including the Stateending levels (so called "anomalies") for dozenealth and humanitarian assistance.d spending at $1.043 trillion for FY2013 and, aimates, allocated $42 billion for the base internrseas Contingency Operations (OCO), for a totuch that $85 billion will be cut from the federalY2013, with $59 billion coming from discretions Budget). In For FY2013, this will leave $984uestration, and approximately $50.5 billion for iration, the final bill:bal Health to $8.47 billion, including $2.75 billi65 billion to the Global Fund. It reduces PEPFmanitarian programs within OCO for the Internand Refugee Assistance accounts, totaling $o the Multilateral Development Banks. The billn, nearly $200 million above the House. Of par Development Facility, the International Develoevelopment Bank.o International Peacekeeping Activities to $1.9artment to transfer money between accounts se bill 73-26 on Wednesday, the House moveda vote of 318-109, which sent the bill to the pr vernment shutdown that would have taken effeen reached.nsider budget resolutions for FY2014 this weeRyan budget (named for its Republican author,07, after rejecting numerous alternative budgetothers. As we reported last week, it sets discrernment throughy changed CR., Foreignof other cording to
ational affairsl of $53.2 billion.budget, across-ry spendingillion innternationaln for USAIDR funding totional Disaster .2 billion for theunds multilateralticular note arement Association,billion.o as to providequickly to pass itsident for hist on March 27. On Thursday,Rep. Paul Ryanfromtionary spending
2at about $966 billion, which would be the budget cap after sequestration next year. It insulates thePentagon from those sequester cuts, however, by maintaining defense spending at thepresequester level of $552 billion and lowering the nondefense cap (including the International Affairs Budget) to $414 billion.
The House Budget Committee recommends in their budget resolution that thediscretionary International Affairs Budget should be $38.703 billion, not includingOverseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which is yet to be determined. This base levelof $38.703 billion would be $3 billion (7%) lower than current FY2013 sequestered levels.Meanwhile, the Senate began consideration of its budget blueprint, written by Sen. Patty Murray(D-WA), and is currently in the midst of a "vote-a-rama," in which dozens of amendments to thebudget are considered and voted on in rapid succession. To date, several amendments havebeen proposed that affect international affairs. Two of these amendments have been proposed bySen. Rand Paul (R-KY): one to cut foreign assistance in order to fund domestic infrastructureprojects and another to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations. We will follow this debate over the next few days and provide a recap in the next weekly update. As we reported last week, the proposed Senate budget caps discretionary spending at $966billion for FY2014, but reflects the current sequester assumptions, which would limit defensespending to $497 billion and nondefense (including IAB) to $469 billion.
It recommends that the discretionary International Affairs budget should be approximately$45.6 billion, not including OCO. This is about $4 billion (9.6%) higher than the current,FY2013 sequestered levels, and $6.9 billion (18%) higher than the level $38.703 billionthat is in the House budget resolution.
There are no upcoming hearings next week.
HEARING SUMMARIESPublic and Outside Witnesses Hearing
House Committee on Appropriations – State, Foreign Operations, and Related ProgramsTuesday, March 19, 2013Witnesses:
Ambassador Michael Klosson
, Save the Children
Dr. Dean Schraufnagel
, American Thoracic Society
John Gillies
, Basic Education Coalition
Rev. David Beckmann
, Bread for the World
Michele Broemmelsiek
, Catholic Relief Services
Jennifer Katz
, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative
Alex Palacios
, United States of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
Ashley Bennett
, Global Health Technologies Coalition
Dr. Neeraj Mistry
, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
David Glassman
, Helen Keller International
Samuel A. Worthington
, InterAction
Margaret McGlynn
, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Jeffrey Wolff 
, Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International
Andrea Koppel
, Mercy Corps
Loyce Pace Bass
, LIVESTRONG Foundation
Rachel Wilson
Dr. Joanne Carter 
Lynn Stratford
, U.S. Fund for UNICEFTestimony and Questioning:
Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX)
Thanks to all witnesses for attending.
All written testimonies will be given the same consideration.
Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Thanks to Chairwoman Granger for her work; looking forward to continuing the bipartisantradition of this subcommittee for the FY2014 bill.
Development and diplomacy programs protect our national security, maintain U.S. globalleadership and promote economic growth.
Leaders from all communities have stressed the importance of civil society and the privatesector in translating policy into action.
Proud of the progress shown in global health and combating killer diseases but profoundlyaware of the need to sustain progress, which will require resources.
Ambassador Michael Klosson
Strong U.S. leadership is vital for humanitarian and development programs, particularlyvulnerable children.
The most dangerous day for a child is the day they are born.
U.S. programs work to:
Support significant reductions in child mortality;
Empower frontline women health workers;
Build knowledge and capacity in local communities.
When the U.S. leads, it galvanizes others to act:
U.S. led calls to end preventable child deaths in a generation, leading to 117nations to sign pledge of support for this initiative;
U.S. and Ireland collaborated on 1,000 Days initiative;
USAID support during the Horn of Africa crisis provided shelter for Somali refugeescrossing the Ethiopian border.
Continued U.S. investment is the right and smart thing to do, advancing our long-terminterests – when others grow, we grow with them.
Some people believe Americans don’t care about this type of U.S. leadership; we believethey do. Young people from across the country will come to our Washington advocacysummit next month to show just how they can inspire others.
Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY)
1. Can you briefly address the issue of working together with frontline health workers?
The most vulnerable populations are well beyond the main hospitals. So how doyou get proven interventions to these people? Answer: frontline health workers.
(Note: this includes midwives, community health workers, etc.)
But there is a real deficit in these numbers; we need more attention on it.
We would like to renew last year’s resolution (H.Res. 734, 112th Congress).

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