A surprising U.S. Senate foreign affairs budget bill

August 01, 2022

*This article originally appeared on the Devex website.

U.S. Senate Democrats on the Appropriations Committee released their foreign affairs funding bill on Thursday with one big surprise: $5 billion in emergency spending for global COVID-19 response, cash that will help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the pandemic.

The emergency money is in addition to a top-line number of $64.56 billion for foreign affairs for the fiscal year 2023, about 15% more than this fiscal year.

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