Rogin: State Department Could Gain with Jack Lew in White House Budget Office

Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew. Photo by: Chad J. McNeeley / Sandra Nahdar / CC BY Sandra NahdarCC BY

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reportedly reluctant to let go of Jack Lew, who has been formally nominated by President Barack Obama to be the White House’s next budget director. But the State Department could benefit significantly if Lew gets confirmed, Josh Rogin says.

“The department could benefit by getting a budget request next year that reflects its need for billions more to operate in new and dangerous areas, funding that Lew himself said today he thinks is necessary, especially as State takes over operations in Iraq from the military,” Rogin explains in recent entry on his “The Cable” blog.

Speaking before an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Lew argued that the State Department needs additional funds to support its expanding operations.

But Rogin notes that Lew spoke at CSIS in his current position as the State Department’s budget guru and not the White House budget director, “so skeptics will say that Lew’s commitment to expanding the department’s resources might wane once he gets to the Old Executive Building.”

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