US foreign assistance funding is top concern for US Congress in 2022

The United States Congress faces a number of critical global development issues this year; chief among them is funding for US foreign assistance.

Funding for the current fiscal year (FY2022) has been running on a continuing resolution (CR) since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2021. Funding levels remain at FY2021 levels, even though both the House and the Senate appropriations bills would result in higher funding. The CR expires on February 18, 2022, meaning that Congress needs to agree on an FY2022 funding bill, pass another CR, or face a government shutdown. At the same time, discussions around FY2023 foreign assistance levels will start soon. Development experts hope that funding levels can be agreed upon for the next two years, creating a smoother path for FY2023. 

Some of the important spending decisions include funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, especially in light of the replenishment later in 2022, and whether additional funds will be appropriated for the global COVID-19 response. 

Key legislative issues include the reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund Security Act as well as consideration of a localization bill, a global health security bill, and potential fixes and changes for the Development Finance Corporation. 

News report - Devex