The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on July 9 approved the fiscal year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill on a vote of 29 to 21. The legislation, funding international programs and activities of the U.S., recommends not less than USD 132,025,000 assistance for Georgia, with 15 % of the funds available to the Georgian Government conditioned to the state of democracy in Georgia.
Referring to withholding 15% of assistance funds made available to the central Georgian Government, the bill says that the Secretary of State shall consider whether the Government of Georgia is taking effective steps to:
- effectively implementing electoral reform;
- respecting the independence of the judiciary, including from legislative or executive interference;
- effectively implementing the necessary policies to ensure accountability and transparency, including unfettered access to public information;
- protecting the rights of civil society, opposition political parties, and the independence of the media; and
- limiting the informal influence of oligarchs over functions of government and the application of laws and regulations.
- U.S. House Committee’s Further Notes on Georgia Assistance
- Georgia in U.S. Fiscal Year 2021 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill