Washington, DC – Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sharply criticized the budget resolution passed by the Senate Budget Committee, which proposes $4 billion in cuts to President Obama’s international affairs budget request.

“This budget outline would slash critical funding to our Foreign Service Officers and development professionals precisely at the time when the President is seeking to stand up our civilian capacity in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. The notion that this budget would have no impact on our national security funding is simply misleading. As this and the previous administration have made abundantly clear, diplomacy and development are essential components to our national security strategy.”

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