The President unveiled his 2013, $3.8 trillion budget plan two weeks ago. Tuesday, the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about national security and the foreign policy priorities in the FY2013 International Affairs budget.
As the United States military has left Iraq and begins to withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Obama administration will rely more on the State Department to oversee spending on political, security and economic projects. The Committee examined spending items like the $1.8 billion for Iraq police training and military assistance.
On Wednesday, Sec. Clinton will return to Capitol Hill, to go before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Lawmakers will again assess her department's budget and question her on the agency's foreign policy priorities.