Serial No. 111-67: New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 22, 2009 [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of Howard L. Berman: "Madam Secretary, I want to commend you and your excellent team for taking immediate steps to address the dangerous lack of capacity at the State Department and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development]. From her first days in office, the Secretary has directed a comprehensive review of our chronically underfunded diplomacy and development capabilities. She then developed a plan to restore these critical components of our national security infrastructure; and, finally, she fought to ensure that the administration's Function 150 budget request provided adequate resources to implement that plan. Madam Secretary, I couldn't agree with you more that we desperately need to reinvigorate our civilian foreign affairs agencies. To the extent diplomacy and development can help avoid conflicts before they start, it will save us billions in the long run. It will also help prevent the continuing migration of development-related programs to the military, thus relieving the burden on our brave men and women in uniform." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jim Costa, Howard L. Berman, Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Diane E. Watson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Shelley Berkley, Gerald E. Connolly, Barbara Lee, Michael E. McMahon, Brad Miller, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Edward R. Royce, and Brad Sherman.
Serial No. 111-67
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