Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
The Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are leading extraordinary global efforts in 2023 to advance our vision of a free, open, secure, and prosperous world and to deliver on the issues that matter most to the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
The President’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget request, including $63.1 billion for the Department and USAID, will make it possible for us to continue to promote U.S. national interests, lead the world in tackling global challenges, and continue support for the people of Ukraine.
In response to these unprecedented and extraordinary times, the Request includes mandatory and discretionary resources to out-compete the People’s Republic of China (PRC), strengthen the U.S. role in the Indo-Pacific, and advance American prosperity globally through new investments.
In all that we do, we will continue to bring to bear all the tools of U.S. diplomacy and development to rally our allies and partners to work alongside us in addressing these issues.
Because when we mobilize those who share our interests and values – in governments and multilateral institutions, the private sector, philanthropy, and civil society – we are in a stronger position to ensure our foreign policy delivers for the American people and people around the world.
We will spearhead international efforts to bolster economic, energy, food, and health security, mitigate the climate crisis and address irregular migration – global challenges that increasingly affect Americans at home. Achieving these goals also requires us to strengthen our diverse global workforce.
Diplomacy and development assistance are the tools that allow us to address these globally complex issues, and we at the Department – with our partners at USAID – will strategically implement this funding to improve outcomes for all Americans and our global partners.
The Budget makes critical, targeted investments in the American people that will promote greater prosperity and economic growth for decades to come. At the Department of State and USAID, the Foreign Affairs Budget will:
- Support Ukraine by ensuring President Putin’s aggression against Ukraine remains a strategic failure, while ensuring accountability for the Ukrainian government and people. This request includes $1.7 billion that will help Ukraine win the war and lay the reform and recovery foundation for winning the peace and help other partners impacted by the war stabilize their economies and prepare for recovery.
- Address Strategic Competition with the PRC by implementing the Administration’s “invest, align, compete” strategy towards the PRC. The budget includes $400 million in discretionary funding to counter specific problematic PRC behaviors globally through the Countering PRC Influence Fund. In addition, the Budget includes a new, multifaceted interagency mandatory proposal to Out-Compete the PRC. This includes $2 billion to support high-quality, strategic “hard” infrastructure projects globally; $2 billion to strengthen Indo-Pacific economies and support our partners in pushing back against predatory efforts; $2 billion for a new revolving Fund at DFC to boost equity investments, and $7.1 billion over 20 years to support the renewal of the Compacts of Free Association (COFA).
- Invest in our Indo-Pacific Partnerships and Alliances by including $3.2 billion in discretionary funding to support implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, including by strengthening our alliances and partnerships. This includes critical bilateral and regional foreign assistance, as well as resources to expand our presence in the region, especially in the Pacific Islands.
- Deliver Solutions for Shared Global Challenges by spearheading international efforts to bolster economic, energy, food, and health security, address the climate crisis and other global challenges including irregular migration and humanitarian disasters. This request includes $4.2 billion for the climate crisis; $1.2 billion for food insecurity; $10.9 billion for global health; more than $10.5 billion to support global humanitarian needs, including resources to rebuild the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and resettle 125,000 refugees; over $1 billion to address the root causes of migration from Central America; and $485.9 million to strengthen our re-engagement with the multilateral system.
- Strengthen Global Democracy by shoring up fellow democracies and building resilience against authoritarians’ efforts to undermine them. This request includes more than $3.4 billion in diplomatic engagement and foreign assistance funding to counter corruption and advance democratic governance and renewal as well as country and global priorities under the Summit for Democracy and the Presidential Initiative for Democratic Renewal. It also includes over $3 billion to advance gender equality and equity across a broad range of sectors and surpasses the President’s goal to more than double gender equality assistance.
- Modernize Diplomacy and Expand Overseas Engagement. The Budget request will drive forward an ambitious modernization of American diplomacy and development to ensure we are equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of our time. It expands the Department of State’s workforce by over 500, with a focus on advancing the Indo-Pacific Strategy, expanding professional development opportunities, and managing increasingly complex embassy operations. Funding is also included to continue Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) and workforce engagement initiatives.
- Protect our Diplomats, Embassies, and Data. This Budget requests $6.4 billion to secure our global workforce from an array of threats to their health and safety, address infrastructure vulnerabilities, and protect sensitive data. Additional funding for Diplomatic Security will support our Pacific Islands presence and a potential gradual return to Libya, sustain the coverage of guard force programs at home and abroad, and continue protection of former senior officials. Nearly $750 million is requested for the Department’s cybersecurity programs, prioritizing deployment of Zero Trust Architecture enhancements and secure end-user devices for our agile workforce.
- Prioritize Multilateral Contributions to renew, strengthen, and leverage U.S. leadership in multilateral diplomacy, the Budget includes $3.6 billion for contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations. Essential priorities to advance U.S. objectives include $344 million to pay down UN peacekeeping arrears, and fully pay our peacekeeping assessments on time; $150 million to support a U.S. return to UNESCO, and $40 million for UN payment synchronization to counter PRC and Russia narratives and mitigate longstanding UN liquidity challenges.
- Improve Consular Services by including $163 million for the Department of State to revamp the delivery of passport services so the public can access core services online. Most notably, this supports delivery on the commitment outlined in the Customer Service Executive Order to enable eligible U.S. citizens to renew their passport without having to go in-person and mail original documents.
- Protect our Afghan Allies by fully supporting implementation of Enduring Welcome, the whole-of-government effort to expeditiously process the applications of our Afghan allies. The safety of those who served and sacrificed alongside us is an unwavering U.S. priority.
Sources: THX News & US Department of State.