...By my math, it's 2.5% lower than 2010, and was set to rise about 10% for 2013. I think we probably could have skipped the Chevy Volt and 100,000$ electric car charging station for Vienna, and perhaps the Marines in Barbados could have been tasked to Lybia.
There was no shortage of funds ... and anyway these cuts were part of across the board cuts, no one targeted State Dept security.
The government spent $2.43 billion on diplomatic security in the 2010 fiscal year, when Democrats last controlled both houses of Congress. The figure then fell to $2.29 billion in 2011 before rising to $2.37 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The administration asked for $2.84 billion for 2013, but House Republicans whittled that down to $2.62 billion. A State Department official testified that the budget played no role in deciding on security in Libya.