Congressional Testimony

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Only eight months ago, we celebrated the peaceful separation of South Sudan from Sudan as a sign of great hope for a people who have endured war for the greater part of half a century. We also knew that despite the peaceful referendum, these two nations faced considerable challenges that would not be quickly surmounted, including severe underdevelopment in South Sudan, ranking it at the bottom of most development indices, and a series of unresolved disputes. However, we are deeply concerned at the re-emerging conflicts in the region that are undermining hopes for a peaceful pathway for these two new nations and that are creating grave new humanitarian crises. Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, Abyei, Jonglei: each of these areas has been plunged into uncertainty and suffering for a wide range of preventable reasons and requires a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of the people who live there. Unresolved conflict in Darfur has made a permanent impact on the livelihoods of the region, and we still see over one and a half million people displaced. In South Sudan, rising intercommunal conflict, the steady and potentially increasing flow of returns, and the Government of South Sudan's recent decision to cut off oil production, effectively suspending the flow of 98 percent of state revenues, have heightened our concern for the future stability and long-term health of the world's newest nation.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thank you Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the subcommittee. I am honored to join you to discuss the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget request for USAID.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Before I begin I would like to take a moment to offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your friend and colleague, Congressman Donald Payne. There have been few greater friends of USAID than Congressman Payne, and he will be greatly missed. His legacy, however, will live on for years to come.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thank you Chairman Cardin, Ranking Member Lugar, and members of the Committee. I am honored to join you to discuss the President's fiscal year 2013 budget request for USAID.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Good afternoon Chairman Smith, Mr. Payne, and members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is always an honor and pleasure for USAID to have the opportunity to discuss our work with supporters of Africa. For me personally, it is a pleasure to be back testifying before this Subcommittee.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the invitation to testify today. I appreciate and welcome this opportunity to share what the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is doing to advance security and citizen safety in the Caribbean. It is an honor to testify with my colleagues, Ambassador William Brownfield of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Rodney Benson of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chairman Manzullo, Ranking Member Faleomavaega and distinguished Members of the Committee:

Thank you for inviting me to speak to the Committee today on the important topic of our bilateral assistance programs in China. I appreciate that as we face a difficult economic and budgetary climate here at home, it is more important than ever that we analyze the impact and value of our assistance programs overseas to ensure that U.S. tax dollars are being wisely and effectively spent.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Good afternoon Chairman Smith, Mr. Payne, and members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today about east Africa. It is always an honor and pleasure to have the chance to discuss our work in Africa with you and hear your input.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chairman Coons, Ranking Member Isakson, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to testify before you today on the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Your attention and concern is critical, as the situation continues to deteriorate daily, with millions of individuals affected.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Madam Chairwoman and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify this morning. My name is Mauricio Vera and I am the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). I also currently serve as the Chair of the Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council, and it is in that capacity, not as a representative of USAID, that I was invited to speak.


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