April 2005

Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rob Andrews (D-NJ) introduced legislation yesterday to increase the monthly tax deduction from $50 to $200 for families hosting foreign exchange students. Joining them as original cosponsors on the bill, H.R. 1504, are Reps. Major Owens (D-NY), Mark Udall (D-CO), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Bob Filner (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Michael Michaud (D-ME).

The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a resolution on Tuesday to express the sense of the Senate that Americans should become more engaged in world affairs. The resolution, S. Res. 104, would also urge the Secretary of State to take the lead and coordinate with other organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, on the creation of an online database of international exchange programs and related opportunities. Further, it would encourage all Members of Congress to work to raise the importance of citizen diplomacy in their states and districts. A House version of the resolution, H. Res. 192, was introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) on April 6, 2005.

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House appropriators cautioned Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Paul Applegarth on Wednesday that budget constraints could limit the amount of funding appropriated for the corporation this year.

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