Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was back on Capitol Hill today to talk about how her department plans to handle U.S. foreign policy priorities under the fiscal year 2012 budget at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Yesterday, Clinton spoke to the counterpart committee in the House and urged members not to cut spending on diplomacy and foreign aid, using the current conflict in Libya as an example to show the importance of the funds to deal with crises abroad. She warned lawmakers that other countries, like China, are competing for greater global influence and will fill the vacuum if the U.S is not present.
Secretary Clinton attended a U.N. session on Monday and denounced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, calling on him to step down immediately. She told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the Obama administration is considering every option against Gadhafi.