Clinton walked out to speak in front of an audience of primarily women to woos and "Hillary" chants. The full budget proposal, expected in May, is not binding, and members of Congress across the political spectrum immediately dismissed many of President Donald Trump's most draconian proposals.
Clinton spoke of the progress the world has made in advancing women's rights since she addressed world leaders on that issue two decades ago at the historic United Nations gathering in Beijing. It's not just a moral issue, she said, "this is strategic and necessary for matters of peace prosperity and security". "It is not a partisan issue, it is a human issue".
She spoke about the importance of women's rights and women's participation in politics across the globe.
The Trump administration has repeatedly been criticized for making false claims. Indeed, the administration has already made its own attempts to defund Planned Parenthood- all the while recognizing the importance of its services- and to pass healthcare legislation that would strip millions of Americans of health insurance.
Trump has revived by presidential memorandum (an executive action) the so-called "Mexico City" policy, which bans US foreign aid from being granted to organizations that provide abortions or information about terminating a pregnancy.
Clinton is scheduled to publish a new book of personal essays later this year that are inspired by quotations she's been drawn to over the years.
She took aim specifically at the Trump administration for its proposed cuts in worldwide aid and diplomatic programs that help promote peace and stability.
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"We are seeing signals of a shift that should alarm us all", Clinton said.
"This administration's proposed cuts to worldwide health, development and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake for our country", she said.
When she took a selfie with someone she bumped into while walking in the woods outside her Chappaqua, New York home, the photograph went viral.
During her speech, Clinton also appeared to take a shot at Trump's White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway. "That belongs in the alternative.", she said with a pause, "reality".
For all its playfulness, Clinton's speech ended on a note firmly rooted in our current sociopolitical climate, where threats to women's independence and opportunities seem to be mounting.
Grassley's committee sent a flurry of emails to the Obama-era State Department asking for details on Clinton and her staffers as part of its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server for State business.
Clinton concluded her speech saying that in the modern interconnected world the USA doesn't have the freedom to focus on a few issues, and that it's "our choice to make" whether the US stands up for "our values".