October 2005

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment offered by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) that would require the development of a strategic marketing plan to increase the number of international students attending institutions of higher education in the United States. The amendment was adopted as part of the FY 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations legislation. That bill, H.R. 3010, was also approved by the full Senate on Thursday, by a vote of 94 to 3.

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On Friday, two Members of Congress added their names as cosponsors of H.R. 1504, the Youth Exchange Support Act of 2005. The new cosponsors are: Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and Cynthia McKinney (D-GA).

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The House International Relations Committee approved a resolution on Friday to encourage the active engagement of Americans in world affairs. The resolution, H.Res. 192, was introduced by Rep. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). It would urge the Secretary of State to take the lead and coordinate with partners inside and outside of government to enhance opportunities for international exchange programs and related activities. It would also encourage Americans to participate in people-to-people programs such as international exchanges, hosting a foreign student or professional, studying or volunteering abroad, and other activities working within the international community, to build understanding and respect between our citizens and people from countries around the world.

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The Alliance this fall completed visits to consular posts in Asia to discuss visa processing. We visited the following posts: China Education Association for International Exchange, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

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