Politico has the scoop on the FY 2009 supplemental appropriations bill that just made its way out of the House Appropriations Committee. The most interesting piece of this story is the compromise struck between Chairman Obey, the DOD and the State Department. In the mark-up, the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund ($400 million) will be funded through the Department of Defense for the remainder of FY 2009, then another $400 million funded through the State Department beginning in FY 2010.
The compromise comes in the context of a growing concern on Capitol Hill that the DOD is conducting foreign assistance programs that are traditionally carried out under the auspices of the State Department. Budget Insight has tracked this issue closely in recent blog posts and you can follow the debate in other Stimson publications. We will continue to track the FY 2009 supplemental appropriation bill as it works its way through Congress and will provide further analysis in the coming days.