U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was due to meet with the Blue Dog Democrats May 12, where she is expected to underscore that the bulk of the proposed funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development for 2011 will support ongoing activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
The meeting will also tackle how to classify the U.S. government’s 150 Account for international Affairs. The Blue Dogs, according to Philip Crowley, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Public Affairs at the State Department, are proposing to categorize the 150 Account as national security funding alongside financing for homeland security, defense, veterans affairs, and other crucial funding.
“We want to have the State Department and USAID funding be considered national security funding, just as defense funding is,” Crowley said.
Clinton is expected to push for the upholding of U.S. President Barack Obama’s international affairs budget request.