George W. Bush

The Bush Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget proposal includes a $486.4 million request for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State, the third year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The programs are currently being funded by a continuing resolution (CR) because the FY 2007 budget process has not yet been completed.

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The Bush Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget proposal includes a $486.4 million request for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State, the third year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The programs are currently being funded by a continuing resolution (CR) because the FY 2007 budget process has not yet been completed.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee released its report this week detailing funding provisions contained in its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2007 spending bill for the State Department. The bill was approved by the Committee on June 29. As previously reported by the Alliance, the bill includes an increase for the Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, calling for a total of $445.522 million in FY 2007. That level is above the $436.275 million included in the House version of the bill and below the $474.288 million proposed by President Bush. It is also $19.25 million above the $426.275 million approved by Congress in FY 2006 (this number incorporates the across-the-board cut and rescissions that were applied to last year’s funding bill).

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 The House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation to fund the Department of State for FY 2007 by a vote of 393-23. H.R. 5672, the appropriations bill for Science, the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies (SSJC), would provide $436,275,000 to fund educational and cultural exchanges. This total marks an increase of $10 million over the FY 2006 level (after the funding bill’s across-the-board cut was applied), and is $38 million below the level requested by the Bush Administration.

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The House of Representatives last week approved legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at a level of $33.1 billion. The bill, which passed by a vote of 389 to 9, would provide DHS with $32.1 billion in discretionary funding in FY 2007, a six per cent increase over last year, and $161 million less than President Bush sought, after fees are considered.

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In an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to defend President Bush’s recently released FY 2007 budget request, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced plans to fund more exchanges in Iran. Rice explained that the State Department plans “to request $75 million in supplemental funding for the year 2006 to support democracy in Iran. That money would enable us to increase our support for democracy and improve our radio broadcasting, begin satellite television broadcasts, increase the contacts between our peoples through expanded fellowships and scholarships for Iranian students, and to bolster our public diplomacy efforts.” She added, “In addition, I will be notifying that we plan to reprogram funds in 2007 to support the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.”

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President Bush’s FY 2007 budget proposal, released this morning, requests $474.288 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the second year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The FY 2007 figure is an increase of $43.8 million over the President’s FY 2006 request and $42.4 million more than the $431.790 appropriated by Congress in FY 2006. (According to State Department budget documents distributed today, the estimated spending level for FY 2006, incorporating a 0.28 per cent rescission in the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriations, as well as a one per cent across-the-board cut to all programs adopted by Congress last December, is $426.275 million).

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President Bush’s FY 2007 budget proposal, released this morning, requests $474.288 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the second year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The FY 2007 figure is an increase of $43.8 million over the President’s FY 2006 request and $42.4 million more than the $431.790 appropriated by Congress in FY 2006. (According to State Department budget documents distributed today, the estimated spending level for FY 2006, incorporating a 0.28 per cent rescission in the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriations, as well as a one per cent across-the-board cut to all programs adopted by Congress last December, is $426.275 million).

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 President Bush’s FY 2007 budget proposal, released this morning, requests $474.288 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the second year in a row the President has proposed an increase for these programs. The FY 2007 figure is an increase of $43.8 million over the President’s FY 2006 request and $42.4 million more than the $431.790 appropriated by Congress in FY 2006. (According to State Department budget documents distributed today, the estimated spending level for FY 2006, incorporating a 0.28 per cent rescission in the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriations, as well as a one per cent across-the-board cut to all programs adopted by Congress last December, is $426.275 million).

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I attended the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education, cosponsored by the Departments of State and Education on Jan 5-6. Approximately 125 presidents attended from all types of institutions. The high level participation from the executive branch was striking. In addition to President Bush’s January 5 appearance to announce the Strategic Language Initiative, participants included Secretaries Rice and Spellings, Under Secretary Hughes, Assistant Secretaries Harty and Powell, Under Secretary of Commerce Frank Lavin, and an unannounced appearance by the First Lady.

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