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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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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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In a Senate hearing room packed beyond capacity, Karen Hughes today told the Foreign Relations Committee that the United States “is engaged in a generational and global struggle of ideas,” and that after much study and analysis of U.S. public diplomacy over the last several years, “now is the time for action and implementation.” Hughes cautioned at several points that “perceptions do not change quickly,” and that the U.S. should not “expect instant results”.

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The Senate yesterday approved legislation that would appropriate $440.2 million in FY 2006 for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State. The amount is $29.8 million above the amount approved by the House of Representatives in mid-June, and $9.8 million above the President’s budget request. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 98 to 1.

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The Senate yesterday approved legislation that would appropriate $440.2 million in FY 2006 for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Department of State. The amount is $29.8 million above the amount approved by the House of Representatives in mid-June, and $9.8 million above the President’s budget request. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 98 to 1.

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In late June, appropriators in the House and Senate independently considered funding bills for the foreign assistance programs of the U.S. government. The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill to fund these programs at a level of $20.27 billion in FY 2006 on June 28, by a vote of 393 to 32. The level of funding provided by the House is more than the $19.54 billion appropriated in FY 2005, but less than the $22.82 billion requested by the Administration for these programs. The House bill includes $4.16 billion for the programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), $23 million below the President’s request and $2 million below last year’s enacted level. 

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation June 30 to fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at a level of $440.2 million in FY 2006. The amount is $29.8 million above the amount approved by the House of Representatives in mid-June, and $9.8 million above the President’s budget request.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation June 30 to fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at a level of $440.2 million in FY 2006. The amount is $29.8 million above the amount approved by the House of Representatives in mid-June, and $9.8 million above the President’s budget request.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation June 30 to fund the Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs at a level of $440.2 million in FY 2006. The amount is $29.8 million above the amount approved by the House of Representatives in mid-June, and $9.8 million above the President’s budget request.

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