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US senators blast State Department over cuts

UNI India-English 2017-11-14 21:39:25
By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) The Republican and Democratic leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee blasted the US State Department on Tuesday for cuts in staff and what they described as a failure to have a plan for a proposed reorganization.

"I don't think they are anywhere close to having a plan to present relative to the reforms that they want," said Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the committee.

Rex Tillerson, Republican President Donald Trump's Secretary of State, has embraced the White House's proposal - rejected by key members of Congress - to cut the State Department budget by about 30 percent.
He has imposed a hiring freeze while analyzing the agency's operations and deciding how to reorganize them.

Tillerson, a former chief executive at Exxon Mobil Corp who took office on Feb.