On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year (FY) 2022. USAID is pleased to see significant increases in U.S. assistance for the West Bank and Gaza directed by Congress, up from $75 million in Economic Support Fund supported assistance in FY 2020 and FY 2021 to $219 million in FY 2022. This is in addition to $50 million directed for the second year of the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA). The nearly threefold increase in economic and development assistance will greatly increase the U.S. government’s ability to support the Palestinian people.