George W. Bush

President Bush Friday nominated Michael S. Doran of New Jersey to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Information Programs (IIP), an upgraded post within the U.S. Department of State.

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As the end of the fiscal year approaches, the Senate Saturday approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government, including the Department of State, functioning at current funding levels through March 6, 2009. Senate action follows that of the U.S. House of Representatives which passed the package last Wednesday. The fiscal year ends Tuesday, September 30.

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As the end of the fiscal year approaches, the Senate Saturday approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government, including the Department of State, functioning at current funding levels through March 6, 2009. Senate action follows that of the U.S. House of Representatives which passed the package last Wednesday. The fiscal year ends Tuesday, September 30.

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As the end of the fiscal year approaches, the Senate Saturday approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government, including the Department of State, functioning at current funding levels through March 6, 2009. Senate action follows that of the U.S. House of Representatives which passed the package last Wednesday. The fiscal year ends Tuesday, September 30.

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As the end of the fiscal year approaches, the Senate Saturday approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government, including the Department of State, functioning at current funding levels through March 6, 2009. Senate action follows that of the U.S. House of Representatives which passed the package last Wednesday. The fiscal year ends Tuesday, September 30.

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After months of negotiations, Congress last week approved a $186.5 billion supplemental spending bill for FY 2008 which includes $10 million in funding for exchanges with Africa and Central America. The package, which President Bush signed into law yesterday, provides funding for another year of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also greatly expands GI Bill education benefits for veterans of the two wars, provides an extension of unemployment insurance and funds for disaster relief to address recent flooding in the Midwest, among other domestic items.

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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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Ms. Goli Ameri, nominated by President Bush for Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday.

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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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The Bush Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget proposal released this morning includes $522.444 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State, the fourth year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The budget provides a $21.097 million increase over the FY 2008 funding level for exchanges of $501.347 million.

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