Hillary Clinton’s Testimony on the State Department Budget

This morning, Hillary Clinton testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the State Department budget requests for FY 2012.  Clinton opened by discussing the importance of the State Department’s efforts in Libya through isolating their leadership and suspending them from the Human Rights Council, as well as USAID’s focus on supplying Libya with food and medical supplies as well as helping those fleeing the violence into surrounding countries.  Clinton explained the importance of needing a State Department budget that supports efforts such as these, which are vital national security tools.  The core budget request of the State Department is $47 billion, which: supports programs and relationships in every country in the world except North Korea, supports vital civilian missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, trains Mexican police to fight the drug cartels and help to secure the border, helps countries like Egypt and Tunisia to rebuild their countries into strong and stable democracies, and funds global health programs for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.  Clinton closed by saying the 16% budget cut from State Department and USAID passed by the House are devastating to our national security.  (Click here for Clinton’s testimony.)

Click here for Chairman John Kerry’s opening statement.
Click here for Ranking Senator Richard Lugar’s opening statement.