The House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wed. voted in favor of the FY13 Foreign Relations Authorization Act (HR-6018), which, among other actions, would approve:
- $744.5 million for International Broadcasting Operations and $7 million for Broadcasting Capital Improvements (current-year enacted levels).
- $8.98 billion for Diplomatic and Consular Programs, which is at the same level as the FY13 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill reported by the House Appropriations Committee. Within that amount, $24.1 million is authorized for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (the same as current year enacted levels).
- $1.55 billion (the same as current-year enacted levels) for U.S. assessed contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations of which the United States is a member.
- $1.828 billion (the same as current-year enacted levels) to enable the United States to pay assessed contributions for United Nations peacekeeping operations.
- $375 million for the Peace Corps, of which $5.15 million is for the Office of the Inspector General of the Peace Corps.
- $122.7 million for the National Endowment for Democracy (the FY13 level in the House Appropriations Committee’s State-Foreign Operations bill).