The budget agreement recently signed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump includes funding for foreign assistance programs, including those in Armenia. Recent reports that the funding plan eliminates all foreign assistance to Armenia are wrong and based on a misunderstanding of the U.S. budget process.
Given the strong separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution, multiple branches of government, agencies, and lawmakers each have a role to play in setting our annual budget and spending priorities. The U.S. Congress authorizes the overall budget and allocates money to various executive agencies, such as the Department of State and USAID. …read more