Review of Resources, Priorities, and Programs in the FY 2016 State Department Budget Request, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 24, 2015   [open pdf - 366KB]

This is a testimony compilation from the February 24, 2015 hearing "Review of Resources, Priorities, and Programs in the FY 2016 State Department Budget Request," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Secretary of State John F. Kerry: "Last month, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said that we 'lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; [and] when we don't let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.' It is with that guidance in mind that we submit our budget to you this year and ask for its fair consideration and approval. We do so at a time and in a world that is marked both by stark tragedy and by great promise, a world where America's role is critical as are the resources that only Congress can provide. So we ask for your help. America must lead, but cannot do so on the cheap. The money we devote to the entire range of foreign policy programming, everything from embassy security to our counter-terrorism and nonproliferation initiatives, amounts to only about one percent of the federal budget, yet it may impact fifty percent of the history that will be written about this era. So we all have a job -- to do everything we can, working together, to shape that history in ways that advance our nation's interests and uphold the values of the people we represent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Kerry.

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