The Lugar Institute Briefing on Foreign Appropriations
Members of the Lugar Diplomacy Institute enjoyed a rare briefing yesterday with Nikole Manatt, the Majority professional staff member on the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs in the Senate Committee on Appropriations to discuss the legislative process for foreign appropriations.
Ms. Manatt and her colleagues are responsible for the allocation and oversight of United States government funding to all foreign related programs, including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund, as well as all U.S. foreign development and security assistance around the world.
In the briefing, Ms. Manatt went over the legislative procedure for the construction of the U.S. appropriations bill, including a general timeline, the stages involved, and how the Subcommittee decides which programs to fund and the amount of money each will receive.
Her astute dissemination of the process gave the Lugar Institute members a first hand and candid insider look at the complex interaction between the various branches of government in setting an agenda for U.S. foreign policy and codifying it in the appropriations legislation.