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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 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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 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 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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Appearing before the House International Relations Committee November 10, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes said that “many foreign policy professionals regard them [exchanges] as the single most successful public diplomacy initiative of the past 50 years. We are increasing exchanges, making them more strategic and working to amplify the exchange experience through creative use of media such as a radio program in Indonesia – with an audience of more than a million -- that is currently chronicling the American experience of two Indonesian students studying in Colorado.”

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The Senate voted today to approve the conference report to the legislation that will fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at $431.790 million for FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s funding. As previously reported by the Alliance, the funding level for these programs is higher than the $410.4 million approved by the House in mid-June, less than the $440.2 million approved by the Senate in July, and slightly above the $430.4 million requested by the President in his FY 2006 budget. The legislation, which was approved by a vote of 94 to 5, will now be sent to the President for his signature.

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The Senate voted today to approve the conference report to the legislation that will fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at $431.790 million for FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s funding. As previously reported by the Alliance, the funding level for these programs is higher than the $410.4 million approved by the House in mid-June, less than the $440.2 million approved by the Senate in July, and slightly above the $430.4 million requested by the President in his FY 2006 budget. The legislation, which was approved by a vote of 94 to 5, will now be sent to the President for his signature.

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The Senate voted today to approve the conference report to the legislation that will fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at $431.790 million for FY 2006, an increase of $71.04 million over last year’s funding. As previously reported by the Alliance, the funding level for these programs is higher than the $410.4 million approved by the House in mid-June, less than the $440.2 million approved by the Senate in July, and slightly above the $430.4 million requested by the President in his FY 2006 budget. The legislation, which was approved by a vote of 94 to 5, will now be sent to the President for his signature.

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