George W. Bush

President Bush signed the final conference agreement to legislation funding the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs into law on November 22, 2005. Public Law 109-108 provides $431.790 million for exchanges in FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s levels.

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President Bush signed the final conference agreement to legislation funding the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs into law on November 22, 2005. Public Law 109-108 provides $431.790 million for exchanges in FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s levels.

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President Bush signed the final conference agreement to legislation funding the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs into law on November 22, 2005. Public Law 109-108 provides $431.790 million for exchanges in FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s levels.

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The House and Senate approved the final conference report to the Foreign Operations appropriations legislation for FY 2006 earlier this month, providing increases for Development Assistance programs, including basic education, and for programs in the Middle East. The legislation creates a new program to oversee democracy programs, particularly in countries outside the Middle East region that have a significant Muslim population.

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Responding to the Bush Administration’s call for increased funding for exchange programs, the House of Representatives approved legislation yesterday to boost exchange appropriations by over $70 million for FY2006. The conference report, which may be considered by the Senate today, includes increased funding for core academic, citizen, and professional exchange programs, a requirement that at least $10 million be spent on exchanges with China, and modest funding for the Abraham Lincoln Fellowships program.

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Responding to the Bush Administration’s call for increased funding for exchange programs, the House of Representatives approved legislation yesterday to boost exchange appropriations by over $70 million for FY2006. The conference report, which may be considered by the Senate today, includes increased funding for core academic, citizen, and professional exchange programs, a requirement that at least $10 million be spent on exchanges with China, and modest funding for the Abraham Lincoln Fellowships program.

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Responding to the Bush Administration’s call for increased funding for exchange programs, the House of Representatives approved legislation yesterday to boost exchange appropriations by over $70 million for FY2006. The conference report, which may be considered by the Senate today, includes increased funding for core academic, citizen, and professional exchange programs, a requirement that at least $10 million be spent on exchanges with China, and modest funding for the Abraham Lincoln Fellowships program.

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Congress completed action last month on the final conference report to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations legislation for FY 2006. The final version of the legislation provides $31.9 billion for the Department, of which $30.8 billion is for discretionary spending for the Department’s operations and activities. The conference agreement provides an increase of $1.4 billion over FY 2005 levels, and is $1.3 billion above the level requested by the President. The conference report includes DHS organizational changes recommended by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff in July. President Bush signed the bill into law on October 18, 2005.

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The House of Representatives voted last Thursday to approve legislation that would authorize State Department educational and cultural exchanges at a level of $428.9 million in FY 2006, and $438.5 million in FY 2007. For FY 2006, this level is $1.5 million lower than the $430.3 million requested by President Bush. The President will request a funding level for the FY 2007 programs when he presents his FY 2007 budget early next year.

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The House of Representatives voted last Thursday to approve legislation that would authorize State Department educational and cultural exchanges at a level of $428.9 million in FY 2006, and $438.5 million in FY 2007. For FY 2006, this level is $1.5 million lower than the $430.3 million requested by President Bush. The President will request a funding level for the FY 2007 programs when he presents his FY 2007 budget early next year.

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