June 2006

 The House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation to fund the Department of State for FY 2007 by a vote of 393-23. H.R. 5672, the appropriations bill for Science, the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies (SSJC), would provide $436,275,000 to fund educational and cultural exchanges. This total marks an increase of $10 million over the FY 2006 level (after the funding bill’s across-the-board cut was applied), and is $38 million below the level requested by the Bush Administration.

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 The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that includes a $10 million increase for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State in fiscal year (FY) 2007. The bill includes a total of $436.275 million for the exchange programs, an increase of $10 million over the FY 2006 (after the funding bill’s across-the-board cut was applied), and is $38 million below the level requested by the Bush Administration.

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On June 9, the House of Representatives passed its version of the foreign assistance appropriations legislation for FY 2007 by a vote of 373-34. The House bill, H. R. 5522, would provide $21.3 billion to fund the foreign operations activities of the U.S. government. This would be an increase of $1.03 billion over the $20.27 billion appropriated in FY 2006, but would fall short of the $23.7 billion requested by the Bush Administration for FY 2007.

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The House of Representatives last week approved legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at a level of $33.1 billion. The bill, which passed by a vote of 389 to 9, would provide DHS with $32.1 billion in discretionary funding in FY 2007, a six per cent increase over last year, and $161 million less than President Bush sought, after fees are considered.

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– Just prior to the Memorial Day recess, on May 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) approved legislation to develop a U.S.-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program. The legislation, S. 2200, was introduced on January 26, 2006, by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), chairman of the SFRC. It would authorize the Department of State to establish a new parliamentary exchange program that would allow eligible participants to attend a public high school in the host country for one academic year, with an emphasis on studies in history, constitution and political development. Participants would be eligible, either during or after completion of their academic studies, for an internship in an “appropriate position” in the host country. The legislation does not define the term “appropriate position.”

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The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that includes a $10 million increase for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State in fiscal year (FY) 2007. The bill includes a total of $436.275 million for the exchange programs, an increase of $10 million over the FY 2006 (after the funding bill’s across-the-board cut was applied), and is $38 million below the level requested by the Bush Administration.

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Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), together with 28 of his colleagues, introduced a Concurrent Resolution yesterday in the House of Representatives recognizing the accomplishments of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and commemorating the 40th anniversary of the organization.

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The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved a resolution to support the goals and ideals of National Passport Month in September. The resolution, H. Res. 327, was sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and garnered the support of 56 additional Members of Congress.

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Just prior to the Memorial Day recess, on May 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) approved legislation to develop a U.S.-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program. The legislation, S. 2200, was introduced on January 26, 2006, by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), chairman of the SFRC. It would authorize the Department of State to establish a new parliamentary exchange program that would allow eligible participants to attend a public high school in the host country for one academic year, with an emphasis on studies in history, constitution and political development. Participants would be eligible, either during or after completion of their academic studies, for an internship in an “appropriate position” in the host country. The legislation does not define the term “appropriate position.”

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