February 2005

President Bush’s FY 2006 budget released this morning, requests $430.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State, an increase of $74.46 million over the $355.9 million level enacted in FY 2005. While Congress appropriated $360.75 million for FY 2005, an across the board recession applied to programs in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations legislation resulted in a funding level of $355.9 million for exchanges. The amount requested by President Bush for FY 2006 is $85 million above last year’s budget request of $345.346 million. The President’s overall budget for FY 2006 cuts discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security by nearly one per cent, eliminating or severely cutting back on as many as 150 domestic programs.

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President bush’s FY 2006 budget released this morning, requests $430.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State, an increase of $74.46 million over the $355.9 million level enacted in FY 2005. While Congress appropriated $360.75 million for FY 2005, an across the board recession applied to programs in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations legislation resulted in a funding level of $355.9 million for exchanges. The amount requested by President bush for FY 2006 is $85 million above last year’s budget request of $345.346 million. The President’s overall budget for FY 2006 cuts discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security by nearly one per cent, eliminating or severely cutting back on as many as 150 domestic programs.

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As part of a substantial increase in the budget proposed by President Bush for fiscal year 2006, the Bush Administration is seeking a 19.4 per cent increase for State Department exchanges, according to Congressional testimony this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and the House International Relations Committee on Thursday in support of the Administration’s budget request.

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As part of a substantial increase in the budget proposed by President Bush for fiscal year 2006, the Bush Administration is seeking a 19.4 per cent increase for State Department exchanges, according to Congressional testimony this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and the House International Relations Committee on Thursday in support of the Administration’s budget request.

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In a written statement prepared for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) applauded the Administration’s 2006 budget for increasing education and cultural exchanges by $74 million. He stressed that “to defeat terrorism, we need more cultural exchange with the Middle East. As more Arabs study and visit the United States, they will understand our character and desire to be a force for freedom – not tyranny – in their part of the world. As more Americans visit the Arab world, we will come to understand their culture, and respect their religious choices.”

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The Alliance is pleased to announce that Sarabecka Mullen has joined our staff as Operations and Research Analyst. This newly reconfigured position replaces the policy specialist slot, and will provide research, administrative, and advocacy support.

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The Alliance State Department Task Force convened at the Academy of Educational Development (AED) on February 23, 2005.

After a round of introductions, task force chair Sandra Lauffer (AED) asked Alliance assistant director Sherri Powar to review the President’s FY06 budget request for exchanges. Sherri reported that the total request of $430.4 million is approximately a $75 million increase over current year funding. She added that while little detail is available concerning requests for specific programs, the Bush budget does specify $241 million for academic exchanges, $140 million for professional/cultural exchanges, and $180 million for programming with Islamic countries. Members noted the recent statements by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in support of increased exchanges.

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