Kerry to plead case for Obama’s Foreign Affairs budget at hearing

Secretary of State John Kerry will testify at a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Wednesday during which he will make a case for the fiscal year 2016 budget for foreign affairs proposed by the president, U.S. Ed Royce (R-CA) recently announced. 

Led by Royce, who chairs the committee, members are expected to grill Kerry about the Obama administration’s foreign policy plan and how it intends to use the budgeted funds.

“Over the past year, the United States has been challenged by ever more crises that threaten international stability and our national security,” Royce said.  “The U.S. must have a clear strategy that is backed by the efficient and effective use of our resources. As we’ve seen, a foreign policy that is always reactive is a failure in leadership. This hearing will provide committee members with an opportunity to press Secretary Kerry for an explanation of the Obama administration’s foreign policy spending priorities for the next year.”  

The Advancing U.S. Interests in a Troubled World: The FY 2016 Foreign Affairs Budget hearing will take place at 10 a.m. at 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.