George W. Bush

The Alliance State Department Task Force convened at the Academy of Educational Development (AED) on February 23, 2005.

After a round of introductions, task force chair Sandra Lauffer (AED) asked Alliance assistant director Sherri Powar to review the President’s FY06 budget request for exchanges. Sherri reported that the total request of $430.4 million is approximately a $75 million increase over current year funding. She added that while little detail is available concerning requests for specific programs, the Bush budget does specify $241 million for academic exchanges, $140 million for professional/cultural exchanges, and $180 million for programming with Islamic countries. Members noted the recent statements by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in support of increased exchanges.

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As part of a substantial increase in the budget proposed by President Bush for fiscal year 2006, the Bush Administration is seeking a 19.4 per cent increase for State Department exchanges, according to Congressional testimony this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and the House International Relations Committee on Thursday in support of the Administration’s budget request.

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As part of a substantial increase in the budget proposed by President Bush for fiscal year 2006, the Bush Administration is seeking a 19.4 per cent increase for State Department exchanges, according to Congressional testimony this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and the House International Relations Committee on Thursday in support of the Administration’s budget request.

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President Bush’s FY 2006 budget released this morning, requests $430.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State, an increase of $74.46 million over the $355.9 million level enacted in FY 2005. While Congress appropriated $360.75 million for FY 2005, an across the board recession applied to programs in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations legislation resulted in a funding level of $355.9 million for exchanges. The amount requested by President Bush for FY 2006 is $85 million above last year’s budget request of $345.346 million. The President’s overall budget for FY 2006 cuts discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security by nearly one per cent, eliminating or severely cutting back on as many as 150 domestic programs.

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President bush’s FY 2006 budget released this morning, requests $430.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State, an increase of $74.46 million over the $355.9 million level enacted in FY 2005. While Congress appropriated $360.75 million for FY 2005, an across the board recession applied to programs in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations legislation resulted in a funding level of $355.9 million for exchanges. The amount requested by President bush for FY 2006 is $85 million above last year’s budget request of $345.346 million. The President’s overall budget for FY 2006 cuts discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security by nearly one per cent, eliminating or severely cutting back on as many as 150 domestic programs.

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In prepared testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice pledged to increase exchanges and to make public diplomacy a ‘top priority’ for herself and for the Department of State. She also stated that the United States ‘must remain open to visitors and workers and students from around the world’.

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As her confirmation hearing continued through the afternoon, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice said that she will give ‘an early push’ to reinvigorating public diplomacy, and asserted that ‘we need to reverse the trend’ of declining foreign student enrollments.

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President Bush yesterday signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 to fund the Department of State exchanges funding and the Agency for International Development’s foreign operations program in FY 2005. The legislation includes $360.750 million for the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ exchange programs, an increase of $44 million over FY 2004. It also provides $19.8 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs, an increase of $2.3 billion.

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President Bush yesterday signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 to fund the Department of State exchanges funding and the Agency for International Development’s foreign operations program in FY 2005. The legislation includes $360.750 million for the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ exchange programs, an increase of $44 million over FY 2004. It also provides $19.8 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs, an increase of $2.3 billion.

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House and Senate appropriators included $19.8 strongillion in funding for U.S. foreign assistance programs in the final omnistrongus discretionary package approved on Novemstronger 20, 2004. The amount reflects an increase of 13 per cent from the 2004 level of $17.5 strongillion, strongut is seven per cent less than President strongush’s request of $21.4 strongillion.

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