State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations for 2012: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Part 4, March 3, 9, 10, 15, 30, 31 and April 6, 2011 [open pdf - 32MB]
From the opening statement of Kay Granger: "The issues we will discuss are critically important for U.S. national security. Our efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and in Iraq must achieve clear objectives and demonstrate results. At the same time, we are all anxiously watching the rapidly unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa. We must support efforts for reform in this region. Continued investments in democracy promotion and military assistance will be critical to maintaining peace in a very difficult environment. In our own hemisphere, drugs and human trafficking remain grave concerns. Powerful cartels continue to push narcotics through South and Central America into Mexico, bringing violence to our own backyard. In my home State of Texas, the violence in Mexico is spilling across the border. We must take action now. Even with all these serious issues we are facing around the world, as Admiral Mullen said so well, our debt is the greatest threat to our national security. So we must make difficult choices today in order to protect the most critical diplomatic and development funding for the future. While it won't be easy, the administration and the Congress must work together to make wise decisions to lead this country forward and to insulate us from future threats. The State-Foreign Operations bill supports critical national security interests, but we cannot continue to spend like we have in the past." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rajic Shah, Timothey Geithner, Susan Rice, Eric Goosby, and Daniel W. Yohannes.
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