Senator David Perdue Applauds Senate Passage of Long Overdue State Department Authorization Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations State Department and USAID Management Subcommittee, applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan U.S. Department of State Authorization Act of 2016 and the committee’s passage of the State Department authorization bill for fiscal year 2017:

“This bipartisan authorization is long overdue but it is encouraging amidst all of the dysfunction in Washington. We were able to come together and reassert Congressional oversight of the State Department. As Chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee with direct oversight of the State Department, I worked hard to make sure our committee’s concerns were addressed in both of these authorizations. We have made improvements to streamline the State Department’s management operations and prioritized security upgrades to protect Americans serving abroad.”

The U.S. State Authorization Act of 2016, which the U.S. Senate passed unanimously for the first time in 14 years, included four amendments introduced by Senator Perdue:

1)      Improving Department of State Oversight Act, to allow the Office of the Inspector General to conduct more secure and more effective oversight;

2)      Requiring the Secretary of State to produce a comprehensive strategy for the Middle East following the nuclear deal with Iran;

3)      Condemning anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in the Palestinian Authority; and

4)      Requiring the Secretary of State to produce all documents and analysis concerning the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center.

To continue these oversight efforts, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday passed the State Department authorization bill for fiscal year 2017. This legislation included two of Senator Perdue’s provisions. The first provision improves Congressional oversight of embassy construction and security upgrade projects, and the second requires a report on workforce issues and challenges facing families who serve together in the Foreign Service.