Review of Resources, Priorities, and Programs in the FY 2016 State Department Budget Request, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 5, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is a testimony compilation of the May 5, 2015 hearing on "Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY 2016 State Department Budget Request" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. From the opening statement of Virginia Bennett: "U.S. advocacy for democracy, human rights, labor, and international religious freedom are critical to our national response to the challenges we face. To continue this important work, DRL's [Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor] FY16 budget request for Diplomatic and Consular Programs is $29,432,000 for operations. Our operational budget represents the lifeblood of DRL's policy initiatives on human rights. It covers staff, foreign travel, our human rights report, our international religious freedom report and engagement. We combine diplomacy with foreign assistance programs around the world that support democracy and human rights promotion. I'd like to focus my remarks today on our foreign assistance request." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Virginia Bennett, Catherine Russell, and John D. Feeley.
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