When the President released his budget request last month, we noted that Congress would be tempted to restore the nominal defense cut by stealing from the proposed increase in international affairs. Well, as the next round in the budget process, the House Republican budget did more than just that.
The Republican’s budget cuts International Affairs by $7B from the President’s FY13 proposed funding, which is $3B less than the FY12 funding levels. Interestingly, though the Republican budget goes in a different direction for FY13 from FY12 than the President’s budget, both keep international affairs spending basically flat for the rest of the 10 year window. Still that means the Republican budget proposes an average of 19% a year less international affairs funding compared to the President’s budget.