George W. Bush

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would increase the funding level for the educational and cultural exchanges of the Department of State to $501.4 million for fiscal year (FY) 2008, $55.7 million more the FY 2007 funding level, and $15 million higher than the President’s request. According to a press release issued by the Committee, this amount would “fund the participation of over 42,000 individuals in educational, cultural and professional exchange programs worldwide.” The release notes that funding is included for Fulbright student and scholar exchanges and the International Visitors Program. It further states that, “These exchanges are critical to improving our nation’s security by rebuilding our status oversees through diplomacy.”

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The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would increase the funding level for the educational and cultural exchanges of the Department of State to $501.4 million for fiscal year (FY) 2008, $55.7 million more the FY 2007 funding level, and $15 million higher than the President’s request. According to a press release issued by the Committee, this amount would “fund the participation of over 42,000 individuals in educational, cultural and professional exchange programs worldwide.” The release notes that funding is included for Fulbright student and scholar exchanges and the International Visitors Program. It further states that, “These exchanges are critical to improving our nation’s security by rebuilding our status oversees through diplomacy.”

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs provided a large boost for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) for FY 2008. According to a press release issued by Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), legislation to fund the State Department for FY 2008 includes $501 million for exchanges. That figure constitutes a $15 million increase over the $486 million requested by the Bush Administration for exchanges in FY 2008, and a $55 million increase over FY 2007 levels.

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs provided a large boost for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) for FY 2008. According to a press release issued by Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), legislation to fund the State Department for FY 2008 includes $501 million for exchanges. That figure constitutes a $15 million increase over the $486 million requested by the Bush Administration for exchanges in FY 2008, and a $55 million increase over FY 2007 levels.

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs provided a large boost for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) for FY 2008. According to a press release issued by Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), legislation to fund the State Department for FY 2008 includes $501 million for exchanges. That figure constitutes a $15 million increase over the $486 million requested by the Bush Administration for exchanges in FY 2008, and a $55 million increase over FY 2007 levels.

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Appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe yesterday, senior officials from the Departments of State and Homeland Security told lawmakers that the expeditious expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will enhance American security.

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On May 2, 2007, President Bush signed into law legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy through October 1, 2009. The legislation originated in House of Representatives in February. It is now Public Law number 110-21.

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The Alliance visited consular posts in Latin America early this year to discuss visa processing. We visited the following posts: Sao Paolo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Quito, Ecuador.

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Testifying before both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week on President Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget request for the Department of State, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice highlighted the need for investment in critical language skills in the U.S.

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Testifying before both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week on President Bush’s fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget request for the Department of State, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice highlighted the need for investment in critical language skills in the U.S.

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