During his opening statement at today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan, Senator Dick Lugar noted that the lack of a USAID Administrator is a major problem given the importance of development to U.S. objectives. He said:
“Considering the important role of development for the region, I am troubled that there is still no USAID administrator. As a Member of both this Committee and the Agriculture Committee, I am concerned about reports that $170 million in USAID money will be transferred to the Department of Agriculture to develop an expeditionary agricultural development capacity for Afghanistan. This, I believe, is normally the job of USAID.”
He also commented on the Committee’s attempt to reach out to the Adminstration and collaborate as strategy for the region is rolled out.
Read Senator Lugar’s opening statement here.