Last week the US Senate unanimously passed the Dodd-Smith amendment restoring $2.2 billion of poverty-fighting funding to the international affairs budget.
By restoring this money, the Senate matched the president's international affairs budget request which represents a $3.7 billion increase over 2007 levels. This is just the first step in what could be the greatest increase to the international affairs budget in recent history. We still need the House and Senate to agree on a final budget and only then will the appropriations process begin, but this is a critical first step.
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