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President Obama Proposes Increase in International Family Planning Assistance

February 15, 2011

In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2012, President Obama requested $769 million for international family planning and reproductive health programs, a 19 percent increase in the $648 million appropriated level currently in effect. The President request includes $47.5 million for the United Nations Population Fund. The President's request falls short of the full $1 billion requested by family planning advocates, but it demonstrated the Administration's continuing commitment to meeting the family planning needs of women and men in the developing world.  

The President's budget is expected to face opposition in Congress, particularly in the House of Representatives, where the Republican leadership has proposed steep cuts in discretionary spending.  Final Congressional action on the 2012 budget is not expected for several months.  Fiscal Year 2012 begins October 1, 2011.