Congressional Testimony

Четверг, Май 17, 2018

 
Introduction

Thank you, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, Members of the Subcommittee. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) work to ensure critical, life-saving medicines and health supplies reach intended recipients in a secure, timely, and cost-efficient manner.

Around the world, health workers, whether community or facility-based, are the first line for public health, as they provide testing and treatment for malaria, distribute treatments for other childhood diseases, and fill prescriptions for anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs) for people who are living with HIV. The health successes of the networks of these health workers depend on the effectiveness of the supply chains that procure and distribute diagnostic materials, medicines, and key health commodities. A well-functioning supply-chain is vital to the success of any public health program.

On behalf of the other members of the United States Government (USG) global health interagency partnership, USAID manages the procurement and delivery of medicines and critical commodities for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), as well as for USAID’s programs in voluntary family planning, maternal and child health, and other health areas.

Среда, Апрель 25, 2018

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 request for USAID fully and partially managed accounts is approximately $16.8 billion.  This represents $1.3 billion more than requested last year.  It requests $6.7 billion for global health and $5.1 billion for economic support and development.  In terms of USAID’s humanitarian assistance, it requests over $1 billion more than last fiscal year’s request.  In total, it requests approximately $3.6 billion for International Disaster Assistance.

Вторник, Апрель 24, 2018

Thank you, Senator. And thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Leahy, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for this opportunity to summarize my written testimony, which you have. I'd like to begin by welcoming the nomination of Director Pompeo. We've had an opportunity to initially discuss how development and diplomacy go hand-in-hand, and I look forward to working with him closely should he be confirmed.

In the meantime, as you alluded to, Mr. Chairman, at USAID we have urgent work to do. From unprecedented humanitarian challenges, to exciting development opportunities, I believe our work has never been more important. And that's certainly been a clear takeaway from my travels over these last eight months.

Вторник, Апрель 17, 2018

The humanitarian crisis we see in Yemen today is exacerbated by the Yemeni Government’s collapse in parts of the country. The current conflict has been ongoing since Houthi attacks against the Yemeni Government began nearly four years ago. This violence between the Houthis, armed by the Iranian regime, and Yemeni Government forces, backed by military support from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, has devolved into a civil war amongst multiple, growing factions, driven in part by regional powers. Political instability, a security vacuum, and fractured governance have allowed extremist groups to expand their areas of influence. Meanwhile, more than 75 percent of the country—or more than 22 million people—need humanitarian assistance. To put that into perspective, that’s more than one and a half times the entire populations of Tennessee and New Jersey, combined.

The ongoing conflict has resulted in an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths and is also the reason why two million people are still unable to return home after fleeing for safety. Fighting has hampered commercial trade, which is devastating in a country that traditionally imports 90 percent of its food and most of its fuel and medicine. Infrastructure has been destroyed, leaving 16 million people without access to clean water or working toilets. Salaries aren’t getting paid. These conditions are unlikely to change unless until there is durable political resolution to the conflict. It is imperative that all parties to the conflict protect civilians and aid workers, who work at great personal risk to assist people in need.

Среда, Март 21, 2018

Thank you, Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, members of the committee. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss USAID's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request. It is wonderful to be back in this room, as a couple of you have already noted. I served on this committee during my time in the House. Of course, back then it was called the "House International Relations Committee," and we were, shall we say, more of a rag-tag bunch than the distinguished ladies and gentlemen that I see here before me. But even so, today feels like I'm coming home.

Среда, Март 14, 2018

The President’s national security strategy states that America should target threats at their source, catalyze international response to man-made and natural disasters and provide to those in need. As the 2016 Global Food Security Act states, “It is in the national interest of the United States to promote global food security.” A food-secure world where people are not worried about their children going to bed hungry is in the U.S. interest: stability helps ward off future conflict and prosperity opens new markets for U.S. exports and trade.

Среда, Ноябрь 15, 2017

Strong and effective information technology systems are essential to USAID achieving its mission in a modern world. As a relatively small agency with a relatively small IT budget managing a worldwide network, USAID has no choice but to embrace efficient IT. USAID is proud to have received the first A rating ever given under the FITARA Scorecard; our score reflects years of hard work to put in place key reforms to address the deficiencies of prior years.

Четверг, Ноябрь 9, 2017

Good afternoon Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, 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 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.

Среда, Ноябрь 8, 2017

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen and Chairman Yoho, Ranking Members Deutch and Sherman, and Members of the Subcommittees, thank you for inviting me here to discuss the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Среда, Ноябрь 1, 2017

General Votel of U.S. Central Command put it this way: “There is a lot that the military can do, but it is extraordinarily important that our diplomats, our Department of State, our other development agencies, and others are involved in this process as well.”

Вторник, Октябрь 24, 2017

The recent escalation in violence in northern Rakhine State has resulted in massive displacement and humanitarian needs both in Burma and across the border in neighboring Bangladesh. This is a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis, and the United States is responding to save lives. Recent events not only imperil the lives of thousands, but also mark a decision point for Burma’s political and military leadership, with the world watching.

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