George W. Bush

President Bush Wednesday signed into law an $82 billion supplemental spending package that, in addition to funding military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, includes provisions related to the scholar-rescue program, drivers’ license issuance, H2-B and other immigration matters, as well as additional foreign aid programs.

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President Bush Wednesday signed into law an $82 billion supplemental spending package that, in addition to funding military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, includes provisions related to the scholar-rescue program, drivers’ license issuance, H2-B and other immigration matters, as well as additional foreign aid programs.

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Alliance Board Chair Kenton Keith testified Wednesday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies in support of President Bush’s budget request for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Keith also made recommendations to the Subcommittee about ways to strengthen public diplomacy within the Department of State.

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Alliance Board Chair Kenton Keith testified Wednesday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies in support of President Bush’s budget request for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Keith also made recommendations to the Subcommittee about ways to strengthen public diplomacy within the Department of State.

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House appropriators cautioned Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Paul Applegarth on Wednesday that budget constraints could limit the amount of funding appropriated for the corporation this year.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month approved the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007, which includes authorization of the President’s budget request of $430.4 million for educational and cultural exchanges. The legislation, which was recently made public, also adopts some of the key visa provisions of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act legislation, recently introduced by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and aimed at reversing the decline of foreign students in the U.S.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month approved the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007, which includes authorization of the President’s budget request of $430.4 million for educational and cultural exchanges. The legislation, which was recently made public, also adopts some of the key visa provisions of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act legislation, recently introduced by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and aimed at reversing the decline of foreign students in the U.S.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month approved the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007, which includes authorization of the President’s budget request of $430.4 million for educational and cultural exchanges. The legislation, which was recently made public, also adopts some of the key visa provisions of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act legislation, recently introduced by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and aimed at reversing the decline of foreign students in the U.S.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month approved the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act for FY 2006 and 2007, which includes authorization of the President’s budget request of $430.4 million for educational and cultural exchanges. The legislation, which was recently made public, also adopts some of the key visa provisions of the American Competitiveness Through International Openness Now (ACTION) Act legislation, recently introduced by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and aimed at reversing the decline of foreign students in the U.S.

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“Public diplomacy is a matter of grave importance to me,” stated Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she continued her tour of Capitol Hill yesterday to gain support for the President’s budget request for the State Department. The budget request includes $328 million for public diplomacy activities, up from $320 in FY 2005, and $430 million for exchanges funding, an increase of $74 million.

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