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U.S. Department
of State

Presidentís International Affairs Budget for 2004

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Testimony before the Senate Budget Committee
Washington, DC
February 11, 2003

As Prepared

Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I am pleased to appear before you to testify in support of the Presidentís International Affairs Budget for Fiscal Year 2004. Funding requested for FY 2004 for the Department of State, USAID, and other foreign affairs agencies is $28.5 billion.

The Presidentís Budget will allow the United States to:

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  • Continue to enhance the Border Security Program. The budget request includes $736 million in Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee revenues for continuous improvements in consular systems, processes, and programs in order to protect U.S. borders against the illegal entry of individuals who would do us harm.

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    Diplomatic and Consular Programs (D&CP):

    • The FY 2004 request for D&CP, the State Department's chief operating account, totals $4.164 billion.
    • D&CP supports the diplomatic activities and programs that constitute the first line of offense against threats to the security and prosperity of the American people. Together with Machine Readable Visa and other fees, the account funds the operating expenses and infrastructure necessary for carrying out U.S. foreign policy in more than 260 locations around the world.

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