This bill provides $1 billion in supplemental appropriations to the State Department’s Migration and Refugee Assistance account to respond to the refugee crisis resulting from conflict in the Middle East. It includes costs associated with the resettlement of a variable amount of refugees in the U.S. These funds are designated as an emergency requirement, which exempts the funds from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules.
Prior to using funds provided by this bill, the State Department must submit a report to Congress that includes specified details regarding the refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq, the costs associated with resettlement, and the proposed uses of funds provided by this bill.
This bill doesn’t specify a number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S., but based on the security vetting procedures the State Department adopts it could accommodate up to 100,000 refugees over the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.
The State Department may transfer funds provided by this bill to other federal agencies to assist in the resettlement in the United States of refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East. Prior to transferring these funds, however, the State Department must notify Congress.