By Julian Pecquet - 06/27/12 04:07 PM EDT
The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), said the bill, while imperfect, represents “the best shot at moving forward.”
“If we want our committee to be taken seriously so that our jurisdiction is protected ... then we need to report legislation that at the very least can be passed by the full House,” he said.
The bill authorizes funding for most programs at the levels agreed to in the fiscal 2012 omnibus bill, Ros-Lehtinen said. The funding levels are below the State Department's request for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 and does not set numbers or policy waivers for country-specific bilateral assistance.