U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN 1996 BUDGET SUBMISSION FEBRUARY 6, 1995 FACT SHEET: FUNCTION 150 BUDGET REQUEST FEBRUARY 6, 1995 SUPPORTING AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE WORLD FUNCTION 150 BUDGET REQUEST FACTSHEET -- We reaffirm our commitment to provide strong American leadership to build a more peaceful, democratic, and prosperous world. -- With the end of the Cold War comes the unprecedented opportunity to shape a world consistent with our core values -- a world of open societies and open markets. -- Since 1984, the International Affairs budget has been reduced by over 45 percent in real dollars. The Administration's FY 1996 budget request of $21.21 billion ends this debilitating decline. Nonetheless, the request constitutes barely one percent of total federal spending. This International Affairs budget will: -- Create jobs in America by promoting American exports ($900 million); -- Help make our country more secure by consolidating the gains we have achieved with the end of the Cold War. This budget supports market reform and democracy in the former Soviet Union, and Central Europe, and other key countries ($1.5 billion); -- Protects the future of our nation by attacking threats to the global environment, and overpopulation ($1 billion); -- Helps prevent regional crises by supporting economic growth and stability and democratic reform in Asia, Latin America, and Africa ($3.9 billion); -- Promotes our own national security by supporting the Middle East Peace Process and enhancing regional security ($5.3 billion); -- Protects us all from the dangers of nuclear proliferation and weapons of mass destruction ($170 million); -- Maintains our support for International Peacekeeping to contain regional crises and minimize the requirements for unilateral US engagement ($545 million); -- Fortifies and extends our fight against international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime ($240 million); -- Maintains our long-standing commitment to humanitarian principles by assisting refugees and victims of disasters ($1.7 billion); and -- Preserves our ability to protect and serve the interests of the American people around the world with the best people and the most efficient foreign affairs infrastructure ($4.5 billion).
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