Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) recently introduced H.R. 1211, the Student Visa Security Improvement Act, which seeks to increase the tracking of foreign students in the United States.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees released today details of the continuing resolution that will fund the remainder of FY 2011. In this bill, Department of State international exchange programs will receive a cut of $35 million, or 5.5 per cent, from the FY 2010 enacted level of $635 million, for an appropriations level of $600 million for the remainder of FY 2011.
According to the House Appropriations Committee, all non-defense accounts are slated to receive an additional 0.2 per cent across-the-board cut.
House and Senate negotiators and the White House agreed late Friday on a spending plan for the remainder of FY 2011, averting a government shutdown only hours before it would have begun. The deal reached by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would cut a total of $38.5 billion from current spending levels.
During a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on U.S. international broadcasting yesterday, Ranking Member Russ Carnahan (D-MO) stressed the importance of international exchanges as programs of public diplomacy. Public diplomacy, Carnahan noted, is “a critical and indispensible component of U.S. foreign policy” and “can, and should, also be cost-effective.”
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released yesterday his FY 2012 budget resolution, which includes “deep and disproportionate cuts to the International Affairs Budget” as part of its overall $6 trillion in spending reductions over the next decade, according to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
The Senate approved yesterday, by a vote of 87-13, the sixth continuing resolution (CR) of FY 2011. This CR would extend federal funding for FY11 for three weeks, until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending (none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for international exchanges). The President is expected to sign this new CR into law today.
The House passed yesterday, by a vote of 271-158, the sixth FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR). This CR would extend federal funding for FY11 until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending (none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for international exchanges). The current continuing resolution expires this Friday, March 18; the Senate is expected to clear the new CR before then.
Hours before the Senate rejected both the House spending plan H.R. 1 and a Senate Substitute for FY 2011 on Wednesday, Senate State, Foreign Ops Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a statement in which he commented on the drastic budgets cuts envisioned by H.R.
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, introduced a new continuing resolution (CR) today to extend federal funding until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending. A committee news release indicates that none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for exchange programs.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with Illinois Representatives Mike Quigley (D) and Dan Lipinski (D), are planning to introduce the Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act in both Chambers of Congress, according to a Press Release posted on the three legislators’ websites (available at links above).