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A new Economist/YouGov poll released this week shows that 71 per cent of respondents believe that foreign aid should be cut in order to help balance the federal budget. (Coming in second is the environment, for which 29 per cent of respondents believe funding should be cut.) The poll also notes that spending on foreign aid accounts for less than one per cent of the total federal budget.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced on Friday the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 (see the full bill here). Described in a press release from Kerry and Lugar as “comprehensive bi-partisan legislation,” this authorization would “provide authority, policy guidance, and operational oversight to the State Department.”

Eight former U.S. Secretaries of State jointly penned an op-ed in yesterday’s Politico calling for a drastic increase in U.S. global engagement:

We, former secretaries of state of different administrations and different political parties, and with differing views on many other issues, are nevertheless of one mind on this issue of critical importance to our country’s national security. We call on Congress to act accordingly and fund this critical need.

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International exchange programs drew brief focus yesterday at two Senate committee hearings focused on the FY 2010 international affairs budget. Speaking before both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed the same enthusiasm for educational and cultural exchanges that she has consistently shown since taking office. At the State and Foreign Operations subcommittee hearing, Clinton said:

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Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced last week the Strategy and Effectiveness of Foreign Policy and Assistance Act of 2009 (H.R. 2387), a bill to require the use of long-term strategies for United States national security, diplomacy, and foreign assistance and the full use of performance-based budgeting for foreign assistance programs, projects, and activities.

At a May 13 hearing, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, challenged Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Jack Lew over funding increases proposed for State in President Obama’s FY 2010 budget submission.  The bill provides the following the rationale for the legislation:

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As the 110th Congress worked in recent weeks to wrap up its business, several bills related to international education, exchange, and travel made modest progress on Capitol Hill. While Congressional leaders have left open the possibility of returning before the end of the year to do more work on the financial crisis, further consideration of these international education and related bills is unlikely this year.

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As the 110th Congress worked in recent weeks to wrap up its business, several bills related to international education, exchange, and travel made modest progress on Capitol Hill. While Congressional leaders have left open the possibility of returning before the end of the year to do more work on the financial crisis, further consideration of these international education and related bills is unlikely this year.

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As the 110th Congress worked in recent weeks to wrap up its business, several bills related to international education, exchange, and travel made modest progress on Capitol Hill. While Congressional leaders have left open the possibility of returning before the end of the year to do more work on the financial crisis, further consideration of these international education and related bills is unlikely this year.

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As the 110th Congress worked in recent weeks to wrap up its business, several bills related to international education, exchange, and travel made modest progress on Capitol Hill. While Congressional leaders have left open the possibility of returning before the end of the year to do more work on the financial crisis, further consideration of these international education and related bills is unlikely this year.

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As the 110th Congress worked in recent weeks to wrap up its business, several bills related to international education, exchange, and travel made modest progress on Capitol Hill. While Congressional leaders have left open the possibility of returning before the end of the year to do more work on the financial crisis, further consideration of these international education and related bills is unlikely this year.

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