National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the Fiscal Year 2014 International Affairs Budget: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 18, 2013 [open pdf - 745KB]
This is the April 18, 2013 hearing on "National Security & Foreign Policy in the FY 2014 International Affairs Budget," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "We are all committed to strong American leadership, and the need has never been greater. Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, climate change, nuclear proliferation, the Arab Spring -- all require our full attention. Some require greater attention. Some require specific action; and some may require changes in approach as we look around the world. […] At the same time, we understand the budget realities we face and the need to make smart decisions in choosing the most effective and efficient programs that will yield the greatest security return on our investment. We may live in a constrained budget environment, but the world goes on. National security needs are not bound by any constraints, budgetary or otherwise. They continue and meeting them requires clear thinking and difficult choices. We will have to rebalance and scale-down operations in certain areas, as we scale-up in others. I look forward to your views on how we strike the balance in making these trade-offs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert Menendez and John F. Kerry.
S. Hrg. 113-196; Senate Hearing 113-196
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