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Press Releases

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:00

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) – The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget released today by the Administration proposes a steep 75 percent cut to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Specifically, the FY19 request of $159 million is a significant reduction from ECA’s actual budget of $634.1 million in FY17. Last year, the Administration recommended a 55 percent cut to ECA.

Mirchaye Sahlu
Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:40

Washington, DC – Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Marie Royce to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange (ECA):

Laine Cavanaugh
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:49

Shows Support for the J1’s Positive Impact on American Diplomatic, Business, & Tourism Efforts

Committee Also Approves $634 Million to Fund Educational and Cultural Affairs Programs

Opinion Pieces

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:10

As published in the HuffPost on July 20, 2017.

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:41

As published by The Hill on 4/03/2017

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:05

March 28, 2017


Dear Editor:

POLITICO’s coverage of the Au Pair Program (“They Think We Are Slaves,” March 27) was surprisingly one-sided. While any report of an au pair having a less than positive stay in America is troubling, one would get the impression from your story that this is the rule rather than the exception.