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Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
Date:3/3/2010

tes will continue to stand with the people of Haiti.

Recovery in Haiti will continue to be a major focus for the foreseeable future.  But we will not lose sight of the important work of strengthening USAID and helping other countries achieve their development goals.  Investment in development has never been more strategically important than it is today. Helping nations to grow and prosper is not only the moral obligation of a great nation; it is also in our national interest.  The investments we make today are a bulwark against current and future threats – both seen and unseen – and a down payment for future peace and prosperity around the world.

As Members of this Committee know very well, development is an essential pillar of our foreign policy.  As President Obama said in Oslo last December, "Security does not exist when people do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine and shelter they need to survive."  Building the capacity of countries to meet these basic needs – providing their people with a modicum of dignity and opportunity – is what guides our work and the resources we put behind it.

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