They are expected to continue to decline to 14.9 percent in 2021, 5 Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a co-chair of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus, said during a hearing on the USAID budget request for fiscal year 2020 earlier this year: “I would only like the president`s comments [Senator Lindsey Graham, SAR.C.] regarding the budget presented. It is totally insufficient to support the broad foreign policy objectives of the United States, and I am confident that this committee will deal with that. AFSA`s message to Hill was and will remain that the 1% of the federal budget spent by the United States on development and diplomacy is an inexpensive way to advance America`s interests. Congress has repeatedly amended legislation to increase spending limits with two-year budget agreements. The last time President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 on August 2, 2019 (BBA 2019; == 116-37). The bill amended the BCA to increase discretionary defense spending limits by the largest amount to date – from $90.3 billion to $666.5 billion in the 2020 GJ; and US$81.3 billion to reach US$671.5 billion in $US the 2021 GJ. . . .