Senate Committee Approves Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007; Programs Authorized at Presidential Budget Request Levels

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month approved the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007, which includes authorization of the President’s budget request of $430.4 million for educational and cultural exchanges. The legislation, which was recently made public, also adopts some of the key visa provisions of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act legislation, recently introduced by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and aimed at reversing the decline of foreign students in the U.S.

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