Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 2, 2011

More:FY 2012 State and USAID - Core Budget | FY 2012 State and USAID - Overseas Contingency Operations

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks today before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on national security and foreign policy priorities in the FY 2012 international affairs budget.

Secretary Clinton began her opening remarks by speaking on Libya. She said, "I recently took part in emergency meetings in Geneva to discuss the events unfolding in Libya, and I'd like to begin by offering a brief update. As the Chairman said, we have joined the Libyan people in demanding that Colonel Qadhafi must go, now, without further violence and bloodshed. And we are working to translate the world's outrage into action and results.

"Marathon diplomacy at the United Nations and with our allies has yielded quick, aggressive steps to pressure and isolate Libya's leaders. We welcome yesterday's decision to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council, as I had urged a day earlier. USAID is focused on Libya's food and medical supplies, and is dispatching two expert humanitarian teams to help those fleeing the violence into Tunisia and Egypt. Our combatant commands are positioning assets to prepare to support these critical civilian missions. And we are taking no option off the table so long as the Libyan Government continues to turn its guns on its own people."

Secretary Clinton then addressed FY 2012 budget priorities and national security. She said, "Our progress is significant, but our work is ongoing. These missions are vital to our national security, and now would be absolutely the wrong time to pull back.

"The FY 2012 budget we discuss today will allow us to keep pressing ahead. It is a lean budget for lean times. I launched the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the so-called QDDR, to help us maximize the impact of every dollar we spend. We scrubbed this budget. We made painful but responsible cuts. For example, we cut economic assistance to Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia by 15 percent. We cut development assistance to over 20 countries by more than half.

"This year, for the first time, our request is divided into two parts. Our core budget request is $47 billion. That supports programs and partnerships in every country but North Korea. It is essentially flat from 2010 levels. The second part of our request funds the extraordinary, temporary portion of our war effort. This is the same way the Pentagon's request is funded, in a separate overseas contingency operations account known as OCO. Instead of covering our war expenses through supplemental appropriations, we are now taking a more transparent approach that reflects our fully integrated civilian-military effort on the ground. Our share of the President's $126 billion request for these exceptional wartime costs in frontline states is $8.7 billion."

To read the Secretary's opening remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, click here. To read more about the FY 2012 State and USAID Core Budget, click here.



Dave P.
California, USA
March 3, 2011

Dave P. in California writes:

47 billion dollars to partner with other nations for programs in their country, are you kidding me? We are laying off teachers nationwide and we want to spend $47 billion in other countries. Let’s take care of American citizens first. Half of the State Departments budget would take care of all our schools here at home and their inability to keep teachers employed. It is time we prioritize problems here at home and let other countries take care of them self.

Onci K.
Florida, USA
March 7, 2011

Onci K. in Florida writes:


I am very upset that you said that US do not opject to Moslems enter the new government of EGYPT. Please study carefully the above link, Please stand for Coptic pubulation in Egypt. Do not be dubel face, thanks


March 4, 2011

W.W. writes:

Dear Mrs. Secretary,

can I protest by throwing eggs and rotten tomatos to politician?

New York, USA
March 4, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

Dear Madame Secretary:

Your grasp and articulation of the USG's global challenges and opportunities are beyond extraordinary!

You are the most travelled and the most wise Secretary of State.

R. Brinn


South Korea
March 4, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:


New York, USA
March 5, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

Why? Because if the US doesn't do these things.....who will?


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