Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, February 3, 2005

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Budget Discussion with Secretary of State
Hyde Schedules Hearing with Condoleezza Rice on 2006 Budget

BACKGROUND: The Administration’s FY 2006 Budget request for international affairs totals $33.63 billion, a 13 percent increase over the FY 2005 enacted level of $29.73 billion. This represents the largest percentage increase of any function account in the FY 2006 budget request. Many of the requested FY 2006 funding increases are in six key areas: the Global AIDS Initiative, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, security-related economic aid through the Economic Support Fund (ESF), counternarcotics aid, peacekeeping activities, and public diplomacy activities, including educational and cultural exchanges and international broadcasting. These six categories constitute more than 80 percent of the $3.9 billion increase in the request. The Administration also recommends consolidating HIV/AIDS funds and shifting $275 million from development assistance to a transition account for four countries – Ethiopia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Haiti. However, several key categories were not included in the budget request, notably funding for tsunami humanitarian aid, U.S. embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Afghanistan military assistance. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will testify before the Committee to discuss these changes in the Budget request.

WHAT:             Full Committee Oversight Hearing: International Relations Budget for Fiscal Year 2006

                        U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman

WHEN:             2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 17, 2005

WHERE:          Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESS:       The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State

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