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State Dept. denounces proposed budget cuts
State Department says proposed budget cuts will undermine America's security, world leadership
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The State Department is protesting deep cuts to its budget proposed by Congress, saying the reductions would damage America's security and global leadership and prove costly to taxpayers in the long run.

Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday that a bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee was "unworkable" and appealed to lawmakers to reconsider.

The bill, passed by the panel in a voice vote on Thursday, would provide $40.1 billion for the State Department and foreign assistance programs, about $6 billion below what President Barack Obama requested for next year. The legislation amounts to a cut of $2 billion from the current level.

Nuland said the proposal would undermine U.S. development and diplomacy efforts around the world and would increase long-term costs of dealing with conflict, crime and poverty.

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