President's Budget for Foreign Affairs and Business Meeting to Vote Out the Nomination of Robert B. Zoellick to be Deputy Secretary of State: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, February 16, 2005   [open pdf - 256KB]

From the prepared statement of Richard G. Lugar: "Today the Committee welcomes our Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Although she appeared before us four weeks ago, this is the first time that she has testified before the Congress as Secretary of State, a very special occasion. We welcome her in this new capacity. We look forward to many such appearances in the future. The Foreign Relations Committee, Congress, and the American people have followed your recent travels, Ms. Secretary, to Europe and to the Middle East, with very great interest. We are excited to learn more about the progress you have made in advancing relations with important friends and allies. Under President Bush and Secretary Powell, funding for the Foreign Affairs account has increased substantially. The President has requested increases in each of the last four budgets. In this year's budget, the President has requested a 13-percent increase for the Foreign Affairs account, the largest percent increase of any account in the budget. This is a tangible demonstration of the President's commitment to diplomatic strength, and Congress must now do its part by providing the resources the President needs to carry out an effective foreign policy. Secretary Rice, we are eager to hear your views on the health of our alliances, the Bush administration's plans for making further progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, the status of negotiations pertaining to Iran, North Korea, and the Arab-Israeli peace process, and your assessment of the State Department's budget. We thank you for joining us today. We look forward to your discussion." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Richard G. Lugar, Condoleezza Rice, Lamar Alexander, and Paul S. Sarbanes.

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