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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. The House and Senate ultimately decide on funding levels for our budget. Following the Administration’s budget release, Congress develops and negotiates their FY22 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 2022 Appropriations process and its connections to the issues of hunger and forced migration.

Reference the annual chart of budget accounts for congressional offices that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS advocate for to address global poverty and share it in your communications with Congress.

Download the PDF below to learn more.