HRC appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Washington, DC | February 24, 2010) on the President's Proposed Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2011 for the Department of State and Foreign Operations. Excerpt below:
The State Department and USAID are full of talented and committed public servants, but we have too often neglected to give them the tools they need to carry out their missions on the ground. And rather than building our own expertise, we have too often relied on contractors, sometimes with little oversight and often at greater cost. This budget will allow us to expand the Foreign Service by over 600 positions, including an additional 410 for the State Department and 200 for USAID. It will also allow us to staff the standby element of the Civilian Reserve Corps, which is a crucial tool in our efforts to respond to crises.