Today, a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators overwhelmingly supported Tony Blinken’s confirmation to become the next Secretary of State by a vote of 78–22. Throughout Blinken’s confirmation process in the Senate, and that of other Biden cabinet picks, the importance of U.S. development, diplomacy and global leadership has been a key theme of appointees and Senators alike.
Read USGLC President and CEO Liz Schrayer’s statement on Tony Blinken’s confirmation here.
During his confirmation hearing, Blinken emphasized why U.S. engagement matters: “The reality is the world simply does not organize itself. When we’re not engaged… one of two things is likely to happen: Either some other country tries to take our place… or maybe just as bad, no one does.”
Here’s a roundup of more quotes from the 71st Secretary of State’s testimony on the importance of development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:
Republicans and Democrats alike on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee shared many of these viewpoints during Blinken’s confirmation hearing last week.
And on the Senate floor ahead of his confirmation vote, the Chair and Ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had this to say:
Blinken is now the fourth cabinet official in the Biden Administration confirmed by the Senate, and recently confirmed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines expressed similar views on the importance of America’s diplomacy and development tools in supporting U.S. global leadership and America’s national security during their own confirmation hearings preceding their Senate votes.
General Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense
Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence
You can find more information about the positions of the incoming administration’s nominees and appointees on these issues in USGLC’s Global Plum Book.