September 2004

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a wide-ranging bill last week that would significantly increase funding for exchange programs, and directs the Department of State to undertake major changes in visa processing, its administration of the Exchange Visitor Program, and its conduct of public diplomacy.

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The U.S. Senate approved the FY 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations legislation last night, moving it one step further on the path to final approval. The bill passed by voice vote.

As reported earlier this week by the Alliance, the Senate version of the legislation would provide $19.5 billion overall for foreign assistance programs, $1 million below the House level of $19.4 billion, and $1.9 billion below the President’s request.

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Amidst calls for action on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) returned to Washington on Tuesday and introduced sweeping legislation to implement the Commission’s 41 proposals. Included in the legislation are several provisions to increase and expand public diplomacy and exchange programs.

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Amidst calls for action on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) returned to Washington on Tuesday and introduced sweeping legislation to implement the Commission’s 41 proposals. Included in the legislation are several provisions to increase and expand public diplomacy and exchange programs.

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The final date for the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program to report its findings to Congress and the President, will likely be extended under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Foreign Operations spending legislation last week, providing an increase of $2 billion over current levels for programs ranging from development assistance to aid for the Middle East and HIV/AIDS funding. The Senate legislation would cut the proposed level of spending for the President’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, but the bill would fund the program at a higher level than last year. The bill would provide $19.5 billion overall for foreign assistance programs, $1 million below the House level of $19.4 billion, and $1.9 billion below the President’s request.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a wide-ranging bill last week that would significantly increase funding for exchange programs, and directs the Department of State to undertake major changes in visa processing, its administration of the Exchange Visitor Program, and its conduct of public diplomacy.

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At a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee on Thursday to examine the collaboration between the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) on the establishment and implementation of U.S. visa policy, Committee members cited concerns about visa delays.

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