McCollum Statement on House Passage of FY 2022 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released a statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4373, the FY 2022 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill:
“This bill invests in global health, which will be especially important as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and seek to prevent future pandemics,” McCollum said. “Increased funding to improve child and maternal health, provide humanitarian assistance and reduce poverty, and protect wildlife and biodiversity amid the climate crisis are critical investments in our shared future. This bill will help create a more stable world for current and future generations.”
In total, the bill provides $62.24 billion for diplomatic and development global humanitarian and national security priorities.
- Supports the world’s most vulnerable with foreign assistance to meet urgent humanitarian needs, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and rebuilds the global public health infrastructure with a dramatic increase in funding for global health security to confront the current COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future pandemics:
- Includes McCollum language (p. 50) securing $1.1 billion to help raise millions out of poverty by funding the Global Food Security Act, supporting Feed the Future’s comprehensive approach to improve nutrition outcomes
- Includes McCollum language (p. 48) ensuring 10% of funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is spent on supporting orphans and vulnerable children and reporting back on how that target is being met
- Includes $225 million in aid for the West Bank and Gaza for community-based programs that provide for basic human needs, such as food, water, health, shelter, protection, education, and livelihoods, and that promote peace and development.
- Includes McCollum language (p. 44) to strengthen global health systems
- Advances women’s rights by increasing funding for family planning, increasing United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) funding, and repealing restrictions on safe and legal abortion
- Increases funding for USAID’s Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program, which provides competitive grants to organizations like Books for Africa to ship goods overseas, and includes McCollum language (pg. 53) with a particular focus on educational materials
- Upholds the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty to protect shared international waters by including funding (pg. 32) requested by Rep. McCollum for the International Joint Commission to evaluate and monitor water quality in the Rainy River Drainage Basin to prevent violations of the treaty, and requiring reports back to Congress on the status of these efforts
- Confronts climate change with funding for global efforts to reduce emissions, including the Green Climate Fund
- Includes McCollum language (p. 52) to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, protect biodiversity, and combat wildlife trafficking
- Promotes democracy with funding to support allies and partners of the United States, particularly to counter growing Chinese influence
- Directs the Department to ensure the safety of Afghans and their families who have provided valuable service to the U.S. and streamlining the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process