Statement : State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Chairwoman Lee Statement at Department of the Treasury International Programs FY22 Budget Request HearingJune 10, 2021 Statement
"As we tackle complex challenges, we need to work with our allies and partners in a manner that treats our partners as partners and demonstrates a willingness to listen. Our contributions to multilateral institutions are signs of our commitment to support global partnerships in order to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries."
June 7, 2021 Statement
"The tools of diplomacy and foreign assistance have been undervalued and under-resourced for far too long. Today’s hearing will provide Members of our Subcommittee a timely opportunity to hear directly from you how diplomacy and foreign assistance can effectively be utilized to respond to the growing challenges around the world."
Chair DeLauro Statement at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) FY22 Budget RequestMay 27, 2021 Statement
"The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored just how imperative it is to care for our neighbors abroad. It has brought into stark relief the principle that when one of us suffers, we all suffer. When one of us gets sick, we all get sick. But when development efforts are well funded, the rest of the world is healthier and safer for all of us."
Chairwoman Lee Statement at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) FY22 Budget RequestMay 27, 2021 Statement
"One of the many painful lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we can no longer afford to underprioritize USAID’s mission of saving lives, reducing poverty, strengthening democratic governance, and helping people emerge from humanitarian crises. These objectives are just as important to our security as our alliances around the world and our military operations."
May 19, 2021 Statement
"Climate change is a direct threat to every investment made by the State, Foreign Operations bill – natural resources, food security, global health, human rights and governance, and peacebuilding. I am so glad that the Biden/Harris Administration has realized this urgency and is putting addressing climate change at the center of United States diplomatic and financial priorities."
Chairwoman Lee Statement at the Critical Management Issues – U.S. Diplomatic and Development Agencies HearingApril 14, 2021 Statement
"As Chairwoman of this Subcommittee, I want to continue strengthening the integrity of these programs and the agencies that implement them while also promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion so that people of color, women, and other minorities have opportunities in the foreign policy sphere."
Chairwoman Lee Statement at Leading by Action: The Fierce Urgency for Diversity and Inclusion in the Foreign Policy Workforce HearingMarch 25, 2021 Statement
"For far too long, people of color have had a limited voice and limited opportunities to shape our country’s foreign policy. This chronic and entrenched lack of diversity and inclusion causes major challenges for our nation – at home and abroad. Lack of diversity among our workforce can lead to whole classes of issues—including systemic racism, poverty, inequality, climate justice—being disregarded. Without enough diversity in the people we hire and promote in our foreign policy workforce, we often face the troubling reality of groupthink."