Secretary Kerry Testifies on State Department FY 2017 Budget Request

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Departments FY2017 budget.

During his opening remarks Secretary Kerry thanked the committee for their work, specifically in support of the Department’s diplomatic efforts, in the midst of what he recognized as tense and “complicated politics.” At the same time he appealed to his former colleagues on the Capitol Hill to move the forward on the appointment of senior diplomats waiting a year or more for confirmation.

Speaking on the Administration’s approximately $50 billion foreign affairs budget request, Secretary Kerry remarked, “It’s equal to about one percent of the entire budget of the United States. And that one percent, Mr. Chairman, I am just convinced more and more after these last years, even after serving on the committee, is the minimum price of the leadership role that the United States of America plays on a global basis, and particularly at a time when we are engaged diplomatically more deeply in more places simultaneously, on more significant issues simultaneously, than at any time in our history. And the scope of that engagement, I am also convinced, is absolutely essential to protect the interests of our nation and to keep our citizens safe.”

Over the course of his testimony Secretary Kerry outlined how this funding supports the State Department's and other development and national security agencies’ efforts to tackle transnational challenges ranging from countering violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, global health, cyber warfare, and widespread migration caused by conflict and instability. Secretary Kerry also pointed to areas where the State Department and its partners are working to leverage opportunities created by unprecedented international coordination on issues like climate change and trade.

Watch the video below to see Secretary’s Kerry’s opening remarks in their entirety:

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Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 24, 2016
We all voted and made Kerry our Secretary of State, so we should support him and give him what he needs to do his job. If everyone supported the people we voted for the world would be a better place. I think we should respect his decisions on the budget, because that's why we made him our Secretary. Too make these hard decisions for us all, that's his job !
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 24, 2016
If you don't agree with his decision you should give him other options or your advise , not make horrible remarks on his decision that don't help anyone. In the end it's his job to do what he thinks is right, and your job to support him on the decisions he makes. Anyways, I hope we all got through that thunder storm we had here on Wednesday, and are doing okay. ;) Have a nice week you Guys at DIPNOTE ! :)
Secretary Kerry Delivers Opening Statement During Budget Testimony in Washington to Senate Foreign Relations Committee [State Department Photo]
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