McCollum Statement on Appropriations Committee Passing FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations funding bill, which prioritizes strategic investments in diplomacy and development efforts to reduce global poverty, strengthen democratic political systems, and create greater political and economic stability in the world, while enhancing our national security and maintaining U.S. standing as a global leader.
In total, the bill provides $56.4 billion in base discretionary funding—$2.2 billion above last year and $13.7 billion above the President’s budget request. Congresswoman McCollum’s language expressing concerns about the proposed Twin Metals mining project polluting Canadian waters and violating the terms of the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty is included in report accompanying the legislation. The language directs the Department of State to monitor and submit a report to Congress detailing how pollution from the proposed sulfide-ore mine could impact the waters of the BWCA and Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park. Potential impacts could hinder the United States’ ability to uphold this treaty.
The bill also includes provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people:
- Global Food Security Act: The bill provides $1 billion to fund the Global Food Security Act, which helps millions of people rise out of poverty and no longer suffer from hunger. It also empowers women farmers, giving them the tools to become self-sufficient.
- Global Health Programs: The bill provides $2.616 billion for programs to improve maternal and child health and fight infectious diseases.
- HIV/AIDS: The bill provides $6.3 billion to fight HIV/AIDS around the globe.
- Reproductive rights and gender equality: The bill includes the Global HER Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule; it also provides $55 million for UNFPA to support reproductive health and $750 million for family planning.
- Environment: The bill contains funding to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect biodiversity, and combat wildlife trafficking.
- Peace Corps: The bill provides $425 million for the Peace Corps – $14.5 million above last year and $28.8 million above the President’s budget request.
- Demining: The bill includes robust funding for humanitarian demining programs, including $30 million for demining in Laos.
- U.S. Department of State: The bill provides $17.2 billion in funding for the operational costs of the State Department and related agencies, as well as diplomacy efforts to enhance peace and stability around the globe. This is an increase of $885.8 million above last year.
“This State and Foreign Operations bill invests in programs that are critical to maintaining our influence on the global stage, advancing democratic values and human rights, strengthening our international alliances, and protecting our national security,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “I’m particularly glad that this bill rejects the harmful cuts proposed by President Trump to programs affecting women, children, and those suffering from hunger and disease. This bill addresses climate change and environmental degradation while helping drive a strong global economy and lift people out of poverty.”
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