April 24, 2009
On April 22nd and April 23rd, Secretary Clinton testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Administration’s foreign policy priorities and the House State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Administration’s $7.1 billion FY09 International Affairs Budget Supplemental request. At both hearings, Secretary Clinton reiterated the Administration’s commitment to ensure that America has the “smart power” tools necessary to address the foreign policy challenges of the 21st century. During the hearing on the supplemental request, Secretary Clinton spoke about the importance of America’s International Affairs programs in addressing the global economic crisis, noting that some prominent development experts are predicting that nearly 50 million more people could end up living in poverty this year. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are expected to mark up the FY09 Emergency Supplemental request over the next several weeks with approval by both chambers expected prior to the Memorial Day recess on May 22nd.