Clinton says budget deal critical to U.S. global role, security

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton gives a speech at the Singapore Management University in SingaporeSINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that reaching a deal to resolve America's budget crisis is critical to its global leadership and national security and would bolster efforts to project U.S. economic power around the world. Speaking in Singapore during a tour of Asia and Australia, Clinton said that when she was in Asia last year during the height of debate about the U.S. debt ceiling, leaders from across the region asked her if the U.S. Congress would actually allow the United States to default on its debt. "Let's be clear," she said. …




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