President's Foreign Affairs Budget, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 8, 2007 [open pdf - 371KB]
From the opening statement of Joseph R. Biden: "Today, the Foreign Relations Committee meets to hear the Secretary of State on the budget for foreign affairs for fiscal year 2008. A month ago, the Secretary testified before us on the President's plan to surge additional United States forces into Iraq, and she heard a varying number of opinions from this committee. I continue to believe the President's making a tragic mistake by inserting thousands of additional troops in the middle of a civil war. We need a political solution, and I think the better way to get breathing room, as we all are talking about, is through that solution, and begin to drawdown troops, not escalate them. But that's not the purpose of today's hearing. Today's hearing is to talk about the State Department budget. The budget presented to the Congress this week requests $36.2 billion for international affairs for fiscal year 2008. It also seeks nearly $6 billion in emergency spending for fiscal year 2007, primarily for Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war against Islamic extremists, and it requests another $3.3 billion in emergency spending for fiscal year 2008." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Richard G. Lugar, Condoleezza Rice, and Barbara Boxer.
S. Hrg. 110-389; Senate Hearing 110-389
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