Senate approves Kerry-Lugar Amendment
By Jennifer Browning
Today the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent approved an amendment to the 2010 fiscal year budget resolution that would recommend international affairs programs be funded at President Obama’s request of $53.8 billion.
Both the House and Senate budget resolutions originally called for lower allocations to international affairs than the President outlined in February. The House Budget Committee resolution recommended $48.5 billion for international affairs – a $5.3 billion cut from President Obama’s request. The Senate Budget Committee recommended $49.8 billion for the international affairs budget, a $4 billion cut. However, the Senate allowed amendments to its resolution on the floor.
Senators John Kerry, D-MA, and Richard Lugar, R-IN, the chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered an amendment that restored the President’s $53.8 billion request for international affairs in the Senate’s resolution.
The international affairs budget includes allocations for the majority of global health programs including those in Haiti.