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U.S. & The Americas: in 2011 more budget for foreign assistance and less for security.

In Central America: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela.

In Central America: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela.

In his Testimony before  the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives (March 10, 2010) , at the Rayburn House Office Building (US Congress) in Washington D.C., the Assistant Secretary of the Department of State /Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Mr. Arturo Valenzuela, outlined the ” United States. Policy Toward the Americas in 2010 and Beyond “.  During one hour, Mr. Valenzuela described the U.S. for The Americas. In regard to the budget for the fiscal year 2011 , Mr. Valenzuela said that “to help advance our national interests, as reflected in the broad common agenda I outlined, the President has submitted an FY 2011 request for foreign assistance in the region that reflects a continuing shift toward greater economic and development assistance, over traditional security assistance. Specifically, of the total FY 2011 request, 62 percent is economic and development assistance, versus only 50 percent in the FY 2009 and FY 2010 enacted levels”.

Mr. Valenzuela also said  ”  there is a strong element of community in the Americas today, and it will only get stronger with time. That feeling was nowhere more evident than in the extraordinary outpouring of support and assistance to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake there. Or in the region’s unanimous feelings of solidarity with Chile after it, too, was hit by one of the biggest earthquakes the world has ever experienced.”

Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Western Hemisphere Mr. Eliot Engel.

Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Western Hemisphere Mr. Eliot Engel.

During the same session, the Subcommittee also invited other speakers to giver their testimony, like the Chairman of the Subcommittee Mr. Eliot L. Engel , and also  Peter Hakim (President Inter-American Dialogue) , Riordan Roett (Director, Western Hemisphere Studies and the Latin American Studies Program, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies SAIS – The Johns Hopkins University)  and Otto Reich (President  Otto Reich Associates, LLC,  and Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs).

Mr. Valenzuela´s testimony is a very important document, because it is a very detailed description of the U.S. policy towards The Americas for the upcoming years. READ MORE HERE.-