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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before House and Senate Subcommittees on FY15 budget request

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (March 12), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations (March 13), and House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 13) on the State and Foreign Operations FY15 budget request.

During opening remarks at the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing, Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman of the full committee) stated that the budget request “sacrifice[s] some of the priorities of the Members of this committee to make room for the Administration’s initiatives. Many programs that we support in a bipartisan way have been reduced below last year’s level — such as global health and democracy funding.”

Additionally, during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th; Ranking Member) stated, “Secretary Kerry, I know you agree with me that the United States must maintain its leadership in global health. However, I am frustrated to see that the budget request proposes significant reductions to numerous global health programs. I’d like to work with you to ensure we have the funding necessary to maintain the tremendous gains that have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and to address emerging threats like pandemic influenza.”

Additional Information:

  • Access video of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing and read the opening statement from Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) here.
  • Access video of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing here.
  • Access video of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and read the opening statement from Chairman Ed Royce (R- CA, 39th) here.