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Secretary Clinton Requests $3.2B for Pakistan

While testifying to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton requested $3.2B for State Department operations in Pakistan.  Specifically, the money will be spent “to combat extremism, promote economic development, strengthen democratic institutions, and build a long-term relationship with the Pakistani people.”  Pakistan is receiving significant State Department attention; the entire budget for “frontline” states, which includes Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, is $3.6B.  The overall State Department budget request for this year is $52.8 billion, $4.9 billion more than last year’s request.

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