Funding

President Obama signed into law the six-month continuing resolution (CR) recently passed by the House and the Senate that will fund the federal government between October 1 – the beginning of FY 13 – and March 27.

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The House and Senate are expected to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2013, funding the federal government from October 1 through March 27. The House Appropriations Committee has released its draft version of the CR, H.J. Res. 117, and the full House is expected to pass the CR at the end of this week, with the Senate likely to follow next week.

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Congressional leaders announced they have agreed to pursue a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government from October through March 2013, CQ.com reports.

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The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved last week the FY 2013 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which authorizes $598 million for Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs. This figure is level with current FY 2012 funding, and just above the FY 2013 House appropriation of $587 million and below the Senate appropriation of $625 million.  

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The Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee funded educational and cultural exchange programs at $625 million for FY 2013, $38 million above the President’s FY13 request and $26.2 million above the final FY 2012 appropriation for exchanges of $598.8 million.

The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee funded educational and cultural exchange programs at $586.957 million for FY 2013, exactly even with the President’s FY13 request and approximately 2 per cent below the final FY 2012 appropriation for exchanges of $598.8 million.

The House Appropriations State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee (which funds State Department exchange programs) will consider funding for FY 2013 as early as next week, with the Senate subcommittee to follow soon after. While the Senate has proposed nearly level funding for international affairs programs, the House is threatening to cut them by 9.4 per cent.

We need to generate as many letters from constituents as possible, asking your members of Congress to support level funding for Department of State exchange programs at $598.8 million in FY 13.

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The House Appropriations committee today approved by a 28-21 vote its FY 13 allocations for the 12 appropriations bills, CQ.com reports. State-Foreign Operations, which includes Department of State exchange programs, would be funded at $48.3 billion, consisting of $40.1 billion in base funding and $8.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).

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At the markup of the 302(b) allocations for FY13, the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an allocation of $53 billion for State-Foreign Operations, which includes Department of State exchange programs. This allocation consists of $49.8 billion in base funding and $3.2 billion in funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).

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On Alliance Advocacy Day, Nancy Neill, vice president of the Fulbright Association, walked into the office of Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), armed with her status as a constituent and an Alliance position paper on maintaining robust funding for State Department exchanges. She walked out with something else: a commitment from Rep. Johnson’s office to lead a Congressional sign-on letter supporting exchange funding.

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