November 2004

In addition to boosting exchange funding by $44 million in FY 2005, the omnibus funding package approved by the House and Senate on Saturday includes provisions that affect the Exchange Visitor Program, encourages establishment of new work exchange programs with Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and addresses U.S. visa policy and process.

Congress Seeks Program Regulations for the Exchange Visitor Program; Authorizes New Work Exchange Programs with Australia, Canada and New Zealand

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In a Saturday post-election, lame-duck session of Congress, both House and Senate chambers voted to increase exchanges funding by $44 million to $360.750 million for fiscal year (FY) 2005. The exchanges funding was included in a $388.4 billion omnibus discretionary spending package to fund the nine federal government agencies that have been operating under a continuing resolution since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2004.

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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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Earlier this month as Congress wrapped up its business for the year, Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Asia Freedom Support Act to promote freedom, economic growth, and security in Asia. McConnell serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and currently chairs its Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. Lugar chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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In a Saturday post-election, lame-duck session of Congress, both House and Senate chambers voted to increase exchanges funding by $44 million to $360.750 million for fiscal year (FY) 2005. The exchanges funding was included in a $388.4 billion omnibus discretionary spending package to fund the nine federal government agencies that have been operating under a continuing resolution since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2004.

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In addition to boosting exchange funding by $44 million in FY 2005, the omnibus funding package approved by the House and Senate on Saturday includes provisions that affect the Exchange Visitor Program, encourages establishment of new work exchange programs with Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and addresses U.S. visa policy and process.

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