Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing:With the administration recently unveiling its Afghanistan strategy and suspending a significant amount of aid to Pakistan, this is an opportune time to review the approximate $1.1 billion combined FY 2018 budget request for these two countries. This hearing will explore ongoing challenges in Afghanistan, including combating the Taliban, corruption, economic woes, and a lack of prioritization of counter-narcotics efforts, as well as Pakistan’s performance in preventing terrorist groups from establishing safe havens, and assess whether the budget request is meeting U.S. priorities.”

Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “The continuing security challenge of Afghanistan and the tension in our security partnership with Pakistan present some of greatest foreign policy challenges this Administration will face. In this hearing, the two Subcommittees will hear from State Department and USAID officials about the Administration’s FY2018 State and Foreign Operations budget request for these two countries, how their budgetary planning relates to the new strategy for Afghanistan, and what’s next for U.S. policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Witnesses

The Honorable Alice G. Wells
Acting Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Gregory Huger
Assistant to the Administrator
Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development