Each year, Congress negotiates how to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars through a process called appropriations. Of the $4 trillion U.S. federal budget, about 1% is appropriated, or allocated for spending by Congress, to foreign assistance. Half of that 1% is directed toward poverty-reducing humanitarian and development aid. On February 10, 2020, the administration released their Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget request, calling for a 22% cut to foreign assistance, including deep and disproportionate decreases to poverty-reducing humanitarian and development assistance. The House and Senate, who ultimately decide on funding levels for our budget, have developed their FY21 proposals and it is important for interested stakeholders to share their priorities.
This document is designed to provide background information to help you communicate with the offices of your members of Congress about the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations process and its connections to the issues of hunger and forced migration.
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