House Appropriations Committee Passes $66 Billion Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations Bill
The Bill Includes Funding for Hawai’i Projects and Priorities Sought by Appropriations Committee Member Case and Solidifying Hawaii’s Central Role in the Indo-Pacific
(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) announced today that he secured an 18% increase in funding for the East-West Center, situated on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Manōa, in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s recommended Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations
Case serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which today approved passage of the bill, the first of 12 separate appropriations measures for the coming federal fiscal year.
“Our allies and partners and friends all over the world are clear that they look even more in these times to the United States to engage, stabilize and lead, and it is even more in our own national interests that we do so,” said Case.
“This bill answers that call by bolstering our commitments to diplomacy, development and democracy, and our continued funding over the years of the East-West Center and other key institutions is critical to those efforts.”
Provisions of interest to Hawai‘i secured by Case include:
As founding co-chair of the Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus, Case also secured several provisions related to the Pacific Islands:
In his remarks to his fellow Appropriations Committee members, Case said: “Defense capacity alone, while critical, won’t itself maintain our leadership throughout the Indo-Pacific, and in fact to rely on that solely would be the same mistake others have made and are making.
“It is in this bill’s non-defense projection that the greatest opportunities to sustain and boost our leadership to date lie.”
Case also successfully secured new report language requiring a first-ever Indo-Pacific climate security report. This report would include an assessment of how climate change impacts the Indo-Pacific Strategy and its long-term implementation, as well as a plan for how to mitigate such impacts through diplomatic, security, and development engagements.
“This bill is a critical ingredient in both refining and funding a cohesive strategy for advancing our interests and values in my own back yard, the Indo-Pacific. In this vast region lie our most committed friends and opponents and everything in between, our greatest opportunities and risks; in fact, to many, myself included, the future of our country and world.”
The committee’s State, Foreign Operations bill funds the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other international programs for Fiscal Year 2021.
This bill provides $65.87 billion in funding, $8.5 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $21.2 billion above the President’s request. The bill provides over $10 billion in COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery globally, in addition to $47.85 billion in discretionary funding to the State Department, USAID, and other international programs.
Case’s remarks to the Committee on the critical role of the Info-Pacific during consideration of the bill are here.
His written remarks are here.