The Obama administration was on the other side of the budget cutting debate just last week. Curing the crisis in Egypt, the White House was criticized for cutting funds authorized under President George W. Bush, for democracy and good governance programs in Egypt.
The budget cuts for the State Department now being proposed by the Republicans goes to the very heart of the foreign policy debate.
During a committee hearing last week, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., challenged Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg about the utility of foreign aid.
"Borrowing more money from China in order to give it to other people in different countries is not something that I consider to be a positive option. It's crazy. It's insane," Rohrabacher said.
Today, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley defended America's foreign assistance programs, saying that recent events in Egypt illustrate the need to remain engaged with the world.