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Featured Analysis: President Proposes and Congress Disposes
President's Budget: Request | 4/3/2014

The President's FY15 budget request proposes relatively stable funding for international affairs and includes a notable push to support peacekeeping operations. The way the budget request is structured, however, sets up the State Department for another fight with Congress over institutional priorities...Read More


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Fiscal Year 2015: Foreign Affairs



President's Budget: Request | 4/3/2014
President Proposes and Congress Disposes


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Fiscal Year 2014: Foreign Affairs



Overview: Treading Water: National Security in the FY14 Budget
President's Budget: Request | 4/16/2013



Budget Resolution: Conference | 3/17/2013
The Sequester Fight Isn't Over Yet; Now...Dueling Budget Resolutions

President's Budget: Request | 4/10/2013
International Affairs in the 2014 Request

Appropriations: Committees | 6/20/2013
State Won't Help Congress Help Them

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/18/2013
The Tools, Not the Policy


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Fiscal Year 2013: Foreign Affairs



President's Budget: OMB Guidance | 8/18/2011
On Notice?

President's Budget: OMB Guidance | 8/23/2011
A New Goal

President's Budget: Request | 2/13/2012
Too Tempting a Target?

President's Budget: Request | 2/13/2012
Breaking through the Ceiling

Budget Resolution: House Committee | 3/20/2012
A Different Direction

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 4/20/2012
Summing Up the Senate's 302(b)s

Appropriations: House Committee | 5/21/2012
Easing the Pain

Appropriations: Committees | 5/25/2012
Racing through Committee

Special Topics: Continuing Resolution | 9/24/2012
Continuing the Trend

Special Topics: Continuing Resolution | 9/28/2012
Int'l Affairs CR Consistent with Caps

Appropriations: House Bill | 3/6/2013
Ignoring Sequester, but Passing a Bill


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Fiscal Year 2012: Foreign Affairs



President's Budget: Request | 2/11/2011
A new State/USAID OCO account

President's Budget: Request | 2/16/2011
A Lesson in Optics: The FY2012 International Affairs Budget Request

Appropriations: House Committee | 5/12/2011
House Appropriations Releases FY12 Spending Caps

Special Topics: Debt Deal | 8/4/2011
Low Man on the Totem Pole

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/12/2011
BCA Fingerprints on Senate 302(b)

Appropriations: Committees | 9/12/2011
Stark Foreign Affairs and Defense Trade-off Coming in '12

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/26/2011
State Too

Special Topics: Sequestration | 12/1/2011
Sequester Fact Sheet

Appropriations: Conference | 12/15/2011
Shell Games


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Fiscal Year 2011: Foreign Affairs



Overview: Highlights of the FY 2011 International Affairs Budget Request
President's Budget: Request | 2/11/2010



President's Budget: Request | 4/12/2010
Taking Inventory of the Tools of Statecraft: Putting the FY2011 Request in Context

Special Topics: Budget Process Delays | 7/26/2010
Budget In Action (er, "Inaction"?)

Special Topics: Continuing Resolution | 4/18/2011
Diplomacy and Foreign Aid Survive the Budget Deal, but Only Just


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Fiscal Year 2010: Foreign Affairs



Overview: Analysis of the FY 2010 International Affairs Budget Request
President's Budget: Request | 7/1/2009



Budget Resolution: House Committee | 3/25/2009
House Budget Committee Cuts Obama Foreign Affairs Budget Request

Budget Resolution: Senate Committee | 3/27/2009
Senate Budget Committee Cuts Obama Foreign Affairs Budget Request

Budget Resolution: Committees | 4/1/2009
Comparison of the Senate and House Budget Markups for International Affairs

Budget Resolution: Senate Resolution | 4/2/2009
Budget Resolution Update

Budget Resolution: House and Senate Resolutions | 4/3/2009
Budget Resolution Passes House and Senate

President's Budget: Request | 5/8/2009
FY 2010 Budget Request: International Affairs Analysis

Budget Resolution: Conference | 7/1/2009
FY 2010 Defense and Foreign Affairs Spending Allocations

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 7/27/2009
Senate State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Creates New Account for Civilian Stabilization Activities

Appropriations: Committees | 9/14/2009
Crucial Differences between the FY 2010 House and Senate State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills

President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 3/30/2010
Supplemental Request Suggests Improved Planning at State/USAID


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Fiscal Year 2009: Foreign Affairs



President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 4/10/2009
Obama Supplemental Represents First Step Toward Responsible Budgeting

President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 4/16/2009
Supplemental Appropriations Analysis: International Affairs

Appropriations: House Committee Supplemental | 5/5/2009
Analysis of Chairman Obey's Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Appropriations: House Committee Supplemental | 5/14/2009
Major Differences Between Obama and Appropriations Committee War Supplementals

Appropriations: Full House and Senate Supplementals | 5/27/2009
Senate Passes Obama 2009 Supplemental Budget


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