Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 13, 2012

More:FY 2013 Executive Budget Summary | Fact Sheet | Foreign Assistance Dashboard

Today, Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah discussed the FY 2013 State Department and USAID budget. Deputy Secretary Nides said, "State and USAID account for just one percent of the federal budget. ... Today, I want to explain how we use that one percent to make the outsized contribution to America's prosperity, security, and leadership."

Deputy Secretary Nides continued, "This budget follows a year of transformational change in the world, as you all know. New powers are emerging, America is strengthening relationships in the Asia Pacific region, while keeping commitments around the world. In Iraq, we completed the largest military-to-civilian transition since the Marshall Plan, and the budget reflects the beginning of a normalizing of our footprint. And Afghanistan has 33,000 U.S. troops who surged in come home. Our civilians will continue to do their work to secure our hard-won gains. This budget also reflects that.

"Meanwhile, the Middle East is reinventing itself before our eyes. And since I presented last year's budget, there hasn't been a day when we weren't managing multiple crises at once. The demands on us have never been higher, and you will see all of that in this budget request. Of course, this is also a time of economic hardship in our country, and we all get that here. And so this budget seeks to stretch every tax dollar as far as possible without compromising our core national security interests."

You can read the full briefing here, and more about the international affairs budget here.

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Melissa
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Maryland, USA
February 13, 2012

Melissa in Maryland writes:

I really thought the U.S. gave more than 1% in foreign assistance. Does this figure include military assistance?

Maureen
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Massachusetts, USA
February 19, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

The 2013 budget is responsible. Deputy Secretary Nides and Administrator Raj Shah (USAID) explain that our prosperity is increased as we reach out to improve human lives.

One percent, just one percent of the federal budget is spent!

We already know that most Americans believe that the percentage spent is greater, from ten to twenty-five percent even. So the message here- tell everyone, quiz them, engage them and you will receive a smile because the work of the Department of State is all about action! It is 21st Century Statecraft and Quadrennial Diplomacy and vital to the economic and security interests of the U.S. not to mention “doing the right thing” often said on this blog.

This budget simultaneously empowers U.S. national security and moves poor nations from conditions of hunger to feeding themselves with the goal of stabilization through food security explained Raj Shah USAID. Taxpayer dollars we spend are leveraged by donor dollars and not a bad return said Secretary Nides.

Mention to folks that the same budget is responsible for saving millions of lives with President Obama's FEED THE FUTURE, HIV intervention and immunization initiatives. Tell them that the budget is designed with built in reforms and flexibility to support changing missions overseas. The same budget reaches out to partners working in science and technology using “mobile banking” to fight corruption and working to improve agriculture methods.

Finally, tell them that by helping the very most vulnerable populations we are helping to stabilize and make the world a safer place.

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