Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The President’s UN General Assembly Address On The Administration’s New U.S. Global Development Policy

[In an address before the UN General Assembly, President Obama Wednesday outlined the Administration’s new global development policy.  Following are the comments of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations, which handles the Senate’s work in crafting the annual State Department and foreign assistance appropriations bill:]

“The United States has vital national security, economic, and humanitarian interests around the world, but the ways we use our limited budget to protect those interests are too often poorly conceived, poorly coordinated, and fail to produce the intended outcomes.  President Obama’s new Global Development Policy tackles these issues head on, recognizing that the answer is not shrinking our role as a world leader but working to build the capacity of developing countries to achieve lasting progress against poverty, conflict, environmental degradation and other major threats to global security.  I hope the Congress and the Administration will join together to make these long overdue reforms.”

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