President Bush’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Budget Proposes Increases in Exchanges Budget, Public Diplomacy and Foreign Aid

 President Bush’s FY 2007 budget proposal, released this morning, requests $474.288 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the second year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The FY 2007 figure is an increase of $43.8 million over the President’s FY 2006 request and $42.4 million more than the $431.790 appropriated by Congress in FY 2006. (According to State Department budget documents distributed today, the estimated spending level for FY 2006, incorporating a 0.28 per cent rescission in the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriations, as well as a one per cent across-the-board cut to all programs adopted by Congress last December, is $426.275 million).

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