Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission, it is an honor and a privilege to present this testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. I welcome the opportunity to outline how the United States Agency for International Development is helping to address the challenges faced by indigenous peoples in Colombia, Panama, and Peru and throughout Latin America.
As your leadership has highlighted, food security is one of the highest priorities for U.S. development assistance. Food security ranks as a high development priority not simply because the United States is determined to meet our moral obligation as a great nation. The food security of developing nations is integral to our national security--hunger and poverty perpetuate instability, and food shortages are acutely destabilizing. Developing bodies and developing economies both need steady sustenance to thrive. Food security facilitates stable lives and sturdy, resilient nations. Our comprehensive approach seeks to respond to the staggering scope of the food security problem, a problem that has expanded in size in the past few years, affecting the lives of more than 1.1 billion people who suffer daily from want of this most basic of human need.
I know this is a time of great economic strain for so many Americans. For every dollar we invest, we must show results. That is why this budget supports programs vital to our national interests. The United States must be able to exercise global leadership to respond to crosscurrents of a complex world. This requires the effective use of all instruments of our national security - including development. We agree strongly with President Obama and Secretary Clinton's vision of embracing development as indispensable to American foreign policy and national security. It is through this relentless dedication to results that we do justice to our motto, 'from the American people.' We do this not just by extending a helping hand, but by sharing the hopefulness of the American dream in places where hope remains shrouded by poverty, oppression and despair. In many cases, the balance between a future filled with fear and a future filled with hope is fragile. Every day, USAID tips the scale toward hope and opportunity.
Good morning, Chairman Payne, Ranking Member Smith, and members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Good afternoon, Chairman Payne, Ranking Member Smith, and members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on U.S. development policy in Africa today.
Chairwoman Lowey, Representative Granger, distinguished members, thank you for inviting me to testify on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival (GH CS) budget request. Before I begin, on behalf of my staff at USAID and the people we serve, I want to commend the strong leadership of this Committee, and thank members of Congress for your longstanding support of health programs.
Chairman Towns, Ranking Member Issa, and esteemed members of this committee, I thank you for extending the invitation to appear before you today. I look forward to providing you with an update from the U.S. Agency for International Development on our efforts to strengthen processes and procedures related to suspension and debarment activities. I understand that this committee seeks answers on how USAID is responding to the recent October 2009 report issued by USAID's Office of the Inspector General (OIG), titled "Audit of USAID's Process for Suspension and Debarment."
Chairman Tierney, Ranking Member Flake and other distinguished panel members, thank you for your kind invitation to testify before you on this topic of U.S. assistance to Pakistan. I will keep my oral remarks to the requested five minutes by asking that my full written statement be entered into the hearing record.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, Members of the Committee, I am honored to join you here today in support of the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Foreign Operations Budget Request.
It has been less than two months since I was sworn in as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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