Condoleezza Rice

Five former Secretaries of State called on members of Congress to support “a strong and effective International Affairs Budget” in a letter published by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) earlier this week.

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Eight former U.S. Secretaries of State jointly penned an op-ed in yesterday’s Politico calling for a drastic increase in U.S. global engagement:

We, former secretaries of state of different administrations and different political parties, and with differing views on many other issues, are nevertheless of one mind on this issue of critical importance to our country’s national security. We call on Congress to act accordingly and fund this critical need.

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At a recent public forum held at the Brookings Institution, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) agreed that the U.S. needs to do more on strategic communication, but differed on implementation methods. Brownback called for the establishment of a new entity to lead U.S. strategic communication efforts, while Smith stated his view that there are “too many new agencies” and we need to place this function within an existing entity, “most logically”, he said, in the State Department.

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Explaining that “the events of September 11, 2001 redefined our approach to visa work,” Janice L. Jacobs, President Bush’s nominee to lead the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “We have worked hard to increase visa security measures, completely changing the business model for processing visas and vastly improving our communication with other agencies.”

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Appearing yesterday before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stressed the importance of exchange programs. “There is really no better commercial, if you will, for American democracy and the strength of America than having our people travel abroad and having people travel here,” Rice told Senators. “And we’ve tried, through public-private partnerships, more exchanges, more visitors, to give people access to the United States.”

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Appearing yesterday before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stressed the importance of exchange programs. “There is really no better commercial, if you will, for American democracy and the strength of America than having our people travel abroad and having people travel here,” Rice told Senators. “And we’ve tried, through public-private partnerships, more exchanges, more visitors, to give people access to the United States.”

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Members of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week commended Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the increases sought by President Bush in his fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget request for the Department of State. Rice appeared before both committees on Wednesday to present the request.

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Members of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week commended Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the increases sought by President Bush in his fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget request for the Department of State. Rice appeared before both committees on Wednesday to present the request.

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A Senate appropriations bill that would provide over $509 million for State Department exchange programs in FY2008 includes the prospect of modest start-up funding for the Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation, which would administer the proposed Lincoln study abroad fellowship program.

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A Senate appropriations bill that would provide over $509 million for State Department exchange programs in FY2008 includes the prospect of modest start-up funding for the Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation, which would administer the proposed Lincoln study abroad fellowship program.

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