As of yesterday, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on the 2024 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill—more colloquially, the “foreign aid bill.” The Republican-majority House appropriators approved their bill on July 12, and Senate appropriators approved theirs on July 20.
Here’s a very top-level overview of Colombia provisions in the 2023 foreign aid budget, what the Biden administration requested of Congress in March, and the House and Senate bills as they’ve emerged from committee.
U.S. Assistance to Colombia in the State/Foreign Operations Appropriation
|2023 law||Biden Administration Request||House Appropriations Committee (bill / report)||Senate Appropriations Committee (bill / report)|
(Omits Venezuela migrant aid, Defense Department aid, some smaller accounts)
|$496 million||$444.025 million||“Deferred”||$487.375 million|
|USAID Economic Support Funds||$153 million||$122 million||Unspecified, except $25 million for “Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Communities” and $15 million for “Human rights”|
|USAID Development Assistance||$95 million||$103 million||Unspecified, except $15 million for “Colombia biodiversity”|
|International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement||$175 million||$160 million|
|Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs||$21 million||$10 million|
|Foreign Military Financing||$38.5 million||$38 million||$28.025 million|
|UN High Commissioner for Human Rights||$3 million||$3 million|
|Human rights conditions on military and some police aid||20% of FMF; 5% of INCLE for Colombia’s National Police||None||None||20% of FMF; 5% of INCLE for Colombia’s National Police|
The next steps after this:
- Both houses must approve their bills (changes to Colombia provisions are unlikely).
- A “conference committee” must resolve differences.
- Once that revised and combined bill is approved, it gets sent to the President for signature, often combined with several other budget bills into a single “omnibus” bill.