Statement : State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

June 27, 2022 Statement
"The resources provided through this bill to diplomatic, development, and humanitarian efforts enables the United States to be on the front lines every single day working to save lives, promote stability, and increase engagement."
June 22, 2022 Statement
"I am so proud that these investments reflect the values that we hold so dear as a nation and make the world a safer, healthier, and a more habitable place."
June 8, 2022 Statement
"The request includes funds to begin paying down our unpaid debts for peacekeeping that have accumulated over the last five years and have now reached over a billion dollars – a staggering amount.  This Subcommittee has long recognized the vital role UN peacekeepers play in conflict zones and the benefits we gain from burden-sharing with other countries through UN peacekeeping missions."
May 17, 2022 Statement
"We have heard from many agencies and their justifications for their fiscal year 2023 budget request. However, it is important to me to also hear directly from Members on their priorities for the FY23 State and Foreign Operations bill."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"The FY23 request includes notable increases for humanitarian, global health, climate, and accountable governance programs.  It also makes a bold commitment to gender equity and equality, recognizing the ongoing injustice felt by half the population who disproportionately bears the burden of poverty, poor health, violence, and climate change."
April 28, 2022 Statement
"Congress must work harder to provide an international affairs budget that better addresses today’s global problems from the climate crisis to unprecedented levels of human suffering, while at the same time working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."
April 6, 2022 Statement
"Part of any comprehensive approach to combating the illicit drug problem and strengthening our national security is assisting partner governments to both reduce the supply of, and demand for, illicit drugs."
October 27, 2021 Statement
"The United States has to play a leadership role in ending the virus’ uncontrolled spread in the world’s less developed countries. We need to enhance equitable access to vaccines across the world, making tests, therapeutics, personal protective equipment (PPE) more widely available. We need to begin the work now to prevent future pandemics, by aligning around common global targets, tracking progress, and supporting one another in fulfilling our commitments."
October 27, 2021 Statement
"Recovery from the pandemic must mean more than just recovery from the COVID-19 disease.  We need to think through how we can help countries build their resilience for the long-term and preserve our development and health gains."
July 28, 2021 Statement
"The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs funding bill puts those words into action. It makes America stronger at home and respected again in the world. It restores American leadership by responding to global health threats, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And it addresses urgent humanitarian needs while confronting the climate crisis."