Republicans 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Bill Threatens National Security

June 22, 2023
Press Release

Bill Abdicates U.S. Global Leadership and Fails to Protect Americans

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Republicans today released the draft fiscal year 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation threatens our national security and puts the American people and public health preparedness at risk.

With $11.1 billion in rescissions from the Environmental Protection Agency programs in the Inflation Reduction Act, the draft bill includes $52.5 billion for global programs and activities, which is $7.2 billion below the 2023 level, a cut of 15 percent. The legislation:

  • Threatens national security by abdicating U.S. leadership at the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral and international financial institutions by not including any funding for the UN Regular budget, the UN Development Program, UN Women, and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Underfunds the operations and staffing of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 
  • Hampers the U.S. response to the climate crisis by eliminating support for adaptation, sustainable landscapes, and clean energy programming.
  • Threatens women’s health globally by substantially underfunding bilateral family planning, prohibiting the United States from contributing to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and reinstating the Global Gag Rule on non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. assistance.

“This Republican bill starves our country of the tools we need to build a better, safer world,” State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Ranking Member Barbara Lee (D-CA-12) said. “The world is full of threats that don’t respect borders, from climate change, to pandemics, to assertive dictators. We can’t stick our head in the sand and think it will all go away. We need to work with partners to address these challenges. This Republican bill leaves America vulnerable and shirks our commitments.”

“The greatest challenges facing the United States are multi-dimensional and cross borders. Foreign assistance is critical to bolstering and our national security, and the House Republican 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill puts Americans at risk. The bill shortchanges foreign assistance, abdicates our country’s leadership on the global stage, harms women around the world, and hinders our ability to address the climate crisis,” Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “By shortchanging humanitarian programs at a time when a historic number of refugees are fleeing conflict and instability, the United States will not have the tools to properly respond and assist our allies. We should be working with countries and institutions with mutual interests to solve real problems, not marking up partisan funding bills that do nothing to advance the process of funding the government.”

Key provisions included in the draft fiscal year 2024 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill are below. The text of the draft bill is here. The subcommittee markup will be webcast live and linked on the House Committee on Appropriations website.

The 2024 funding bill:

  • Hinders the U.S. response to the Climate Crisis by:
    • Only including funding for biodiversity conservation.
    • Prohibiting funding for the Green Climate Fund.
    • Prohibiting funding for the Clean Technology Fund.
    • Prohibiting funding for any loss and damage claims attributed to climate change.
    • Preventing democracy, security, gender, agriculture, or water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming from being attributed to climate objectives
    • Prohibits funds under Power Africa from being used for renewable energy unless matched by other sources of energy.
  • Funds global health but curtails partnerships with the rest of the world by:
    • Including $3.6 billion for USAID global health programming, a $542 million decrease from 2023.
    • Prohibiting funding for the WHO.
    • Prohibiting funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the EcoHealth Alliance, gain of function research, and any lab controlled by China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela.
  • Threatens women’s health globally by:
    • Substantially decreasing funding for bilateral family planning to $461 million, a decrease of $114 million from the 2023 level.
    • Prohibiting the U.S. from contributing to UNFPA.
    • Legislatively reinstating the Global Gag Rule on non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. assistance.
  • Put the United States into arrears at international organizations by:
    • $245.8 million for the Contributions to International Organizations account (CIO), a decrease of $1.2 billion from 2023 and $1.5 billion below what would be needed to pay our full assessed dues.  
    • Eliminating the International Organizations and Programs Account, endangering support for UN Women, UNICEF, and the UN Development Program (UNDP).
    • Includes new withholding on the United Nations.
    • Significant reductions and eliminations for international financial institutions are made leading to unpaid U.S. bills.
  • Shortchanges Development and Economic Assistance making future investments in economic growth and social protections impossible. The bill:
    • Provides $3 billion for Development Assistance, a decrease of $1.4 billion from 2023. 
    • Provides $2.98 billion for Economic Support Funds (ESF), a decrease of $1.3 billion below 2023.
      • Includes an additional $1 billion in ESF to counter the malign influence of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Humanitarian Assistance - $6.45 billion for humanitarian assistance under the accounts Migration & Refugee Assistance (MRA) and International Disaster Assistance (IDA), $2 billion below 2023, a cut of 23 percent.
  • Peacekeeping - $1.269 billion for Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA), $213 million below 2023, and $420.5 million for Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), $40.3 million below 2023.
  • Peace Corps - $410 million, $20 million below 2023.
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - $905 million, $25 million below 2023.
  • United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) - $807.9 million, $76.8 million below 2023.
  • Inter-American Foundation (IAF) - $22.5 million, $24.5 million below 2023.
  • U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) - $30 million, $15 million below 2023.

The bill also includes partisan riders that:

  • Prohibit funding to implement, administer, apply, enforce, or carry out Executive Orders on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility harming progress in increasing diversity in the nation’s diplomatic and development workforce.
  • Prohibit funds from being used for envoys or special advisors unless they have been authorized by Congress or confirmed by the Senate.
  • Prohibit funding from being used on “drag queen workshops, performances, or documentaries.”
  • Ban funding for any activity that promotes or advances Critical Race Theory.
  • Ban funding that may be used to classify or facilitate classification of any communications by a U.S. person as “mis, dis, or mal-information” – this would permit the spread of falsehoods without the ability to present the facts.
  • Ban funding for counseling, promotion, or the carrying out of surgical procedures or hormone therapies for gender-affirming care.
  • Prohibit funding for the government of People’s Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party and prevents lending through the international financial institutions to the People’s Republic of China.
  • Prevent funding to be used to implement or enforce an agreement with Iran relating to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or to revoke the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.
  • Prohibit funds to implement the Arms Trade Treaty.

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118th Congress