Kerry’s First Congressional Testimony as Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before the Committee on Wednesday, April 17.  The hearing will mark Kerry’s first congressional testimony since being sworn in as Secretary of State.

The hearing, entitled “Securing U.S. Interests Abroad:  The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget,” will provide Secretary Kerry an opportunity to justify President Obama’s FY 2014 foreign affairs budget request.

Chairman Royce said:  “President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal is yet another plan to raise taxes without adequately addressing out nation’s out of control spending.  In light of our serious fiscal situation, it is critical that our limited resources be prioritized in a manner that most effectively meets our many vital foreign policy challenges.  This hearing will provide an opportunity for Committee Members to press for an explanation of the Administration’s proposed prioritization of U.S. taxpayer dollars.”     

Hearing:  “Securing U.S. Interests Abroad:  The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget”

Secretary of State John F. Kerry

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2170 Rayburn House Office Building

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