Two important budget-related measures have recently been in the news. Last Thursday, President Obama released his first budget, while earlier in the week Congress submitted the details of its latest appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2009. Both offer important insights into U.S. government thinking regarding challenges abroad.
- $250.2 million for U.N. peacekeeping operations, with up to up to $16 million to support UNAMID training.
- $1.517 billion for contributions to the international peacekeeping account, with directions to fully fund UNAMID and to fund oversight missions meant to identify all forms of abuse.
- $325.5 million for international organizations and programs.
- For Sudan: $254.1 million for long-term development efforts in southern Sudan, including rule of law programs, institution building, health, basic education, agriculture and economic growth.
- Reports required on:
- Any efforts by the Government of China to impede sanctions, dilute international condemnation of Government of Sudan, or help Government of Sudan avoid complying with U.N. resolutions.
- Efforts by Government of China to pressure Government of Sudan to end the Darfur conflict.
- State’s efforts to engage China on Darfur.
- State’s proposals for obtaining China’s cooperation on Sudan.