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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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