Promoting Security Through Diplomacy and Development

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February 26, 2010

Related Information:International Affairs Budget

Secretary Clinton recently appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, DC. During the testimony, the Secretary said:

"Our fiscal year 2011 request for the State Department and USAID totals $52.8 billion. That's a $4.9 billion increase over 2010. Of that increase, $3.6 billion will go to supporting efforts in the front-line states -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Other funding will grow by $1.3 billion, which is a 2.7 percent increase that will help us address global challenges, strengthen partnerships, and ensure that the State Department and USAID are equipped with the right people and resources.

Over the past six weeks in Haiti, we've been reminded yet again of the importance of American leadership. I am very proud of what our country has done. Our military and civilian personnel have performed extraordinarily. And we are continuing our work with our Haitian and international partners to address the ongoing suffering and transition from relief to recovery.

Now, Mr. Chairman, I know that this is a time of great economic strain for our fellow Americans. And as a former member of Congress, I know what this means for the people you each represent. For every dollar we spend, we have to show results. That's why this budget must support programs vital to our national security, our national interests, and our leadership in the world, while guarding against waste, duplication, and irrelevancy. And I believe it achieves those objectives."Full Text


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