Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “This annual budget review hearing will provide a crucial opportunity to review State and USAID’s budget proposals in the geographical jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. It is our duty as Members of the Subcommittee to ensure that U.S. spending in Europe and Central Asia is aligned with U.S. national interests, in general, and the President’s National Security Strategy, in particular. I welcome the testimony of our State and USAID officials to justify to Congress the Administration’s request for $37.8 billion for the FY2019 international affairs budget.”

Opening Statements

Witnesses

The Honorable Brock Bierman
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Agency for International Development
[full text of statement]

Ms. Janine Wynne
Acting Coordinator
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

Ms. Emilia Puma
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

Ms. Ann Marie Yastishock
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development
[full text of statement]