Budget & Appropriations
Encouraging robust U.S. government investment in humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance programs is one of InterAction’s core priorities. Get involved!
Fiscal Year 2014
The budget deal Congress reached October 16 to re-open the federal government and raise the U.S. debt limit established spending levels for FY2014 at the same level as they had been before the shutdown. Funds for the State Department and USAID stand at precisely the same levels as in fiscal year (FY) 2013, which protected a number of programs from the bite of sequestration – including global health, development assistance and several humanitarian accounts. However, the current funding law expires on January 15 and Congress created a committee to reach a deal on spending for the remainder of FY2014 by December 13. If the committee writes new spending bills for FY2014, there is a chance that foreign assistance funding levels could change – for better or for worse. Click here to learn more and get involved! Contact your Member of Congress and tell them to support robust funding levels for the International Affairs Budget and the poverty-focused development and humanitarian accounts in FY 2014.
Across-the-board cuts to all federal spending – including for foreign assistance programs – took effect in March. The five percent cut will have disastrous effects on these vital programs that save lives around the world (see the infographic):
- HIV/AIDS treatment for 162,170 people will not be available, potentially leading to 37,000 more AIDS-related deaths and 72,830 more children becoming orphans.
- 63,400 fewer HIV-positive pregnant women will receive services to prevent mother-to-child transmission, leading to nearly 12,100 infants being infected with HIV.
- 1.1 million fewer insecticide-treated mosquito nets will be procured, leading to over 3,000 deaths due to malaria; 1.9 million fewer people will receive treatment.
- 2,749,326 fewer children annually will have access to a quality primary school education.
- 571,344 fewer children who will receive nutritional interventions designed to save their lives and help prevent the irreversible damage to their brains and bodies caused by malnutrition.
- 2 million fewer people would have access reduced or denied to lifesaving food aid.
- 303,000 fewer people will have access to improved water and sanitation.
Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to stop the cuts and protect these crucial, poverty-focused programs.
To learn more about all these numbers in depth, see our budget table that displays past and proposed funding levels for key humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance accounts, as well the current House and Senate proposals, the administration’s budget request, and InterAction’s recommended investment levels.