Foreign Assistance Funding in 2013

The “fiscal cliff” aside, Congress still needs to agree on a spending plan for fiscal year 2013. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a bipartisan International Affairs Budget, nearly unanimously, that provides critical funding for foreign assistance in key areas. By contrast, the House is considering a spending plan that calls for significantly less funding for the International Affairs Budget, particularly for poverty-focused programs.

InterAction and our members are urging Members of Congress to support the Senate funding levels in all budget negotiations. The difference in spending will quite literally mean the difference between lives saved or lives lost. Contact your elected officials and tell others to do the same (#cutscostlives).

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Weighing the Difference

What Senate-level funding for the International Affairs Budget would mean 

Program Area


Senate Level
House Level
The Difference (in Real Terms)

Food for Peace

$1.466 billion $1.15 billion

Approximately 9 million more people receive food assistance, and less need for future emergency assistance by helping families improve farming techniques and build self-reliance (learn more)


$122 million $95 million

An additional 3.37 million children and their mothers are supported in their fight against malnutrition (learn more)

Malaria $670 million $650 million

More than 5 million people receive bed nets (learn more)

Family Planning & Reproductive Health $700 million $461 million

12.428 million more women and couples receive contraceptive services and supplies, 3.585 million fewer unintended pregnancies, 1.673 million fewer abortions, and 9,560 fewer maternal deaths (learn more)

Maternal & Child Health $679 million $605 million

More than 6.9 million more child immunizations are administered for tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis (learn more)

Water & Sanitation $400 million $315 million

Sustainable water and sanitation services are available for an additional 850,000 people (learn more)

International Disaster Assistance $1.25 billion $923 million

Greater support is given to victims of conflict in Syria, Darfur and South Sudan, and women and children facing starvation in Somalia and the Sahel; more resources are put toward preventing and mitigating new emergencies (learn more)

Migration & Refugee Assistance $2.3 billion $1.683 billion

Further support is provided for Syrian refugees and Somalis taking refuge in Kenya's Dadaab camp without adequate housing, water, sanitation and education; more schooling is available for the 25 percent of refugee children with no access to primary education and the more than 60 percent without access to secondary school (learn more)

USAID Operating Expenses

$1.39 billion $1.274 billion Important reforms under USAID Forward continue, including aggressive efforts to cut waste; greater program oversight and monitoring (learn more)

Source: Mercy Corps budget fact sheets; Icons: The Noun Project