[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/02/clintonjoke.jpg caption="Clinton makes light of Chelsea's engagement."]Washington (CNN)– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made light of months of speculation regarding her daughter's engagement Wednesday during the House Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.
When congratulated on her daughter's engagement by New York Congressman Gregory Meeks, Clinton responded saying, "Thank you, it was a very long, thoughtful process."
Speculation of Chelsea Clinton's engagement and marriage began swirling early last summer.
According to an email sent out by Chelsea Clinton announcing her engagement, she and longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky are planning to get married next summer.
Sen. Evan Bayh also took time out of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan to congratulate Clinton.
–CNN's Emily Sherman contributed to this report.