The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange has issued an Action Alert stating that "the House Appropriations Committee announced Friday night the completion of its spending bill (H.R. 1) to fund the remainder of FY 2011. In the bill, State Dept. international exchange programs would receive a 21 per cent cut, or a reduction to $501.3 million from the current funding level of $635 million." Read more about this concerning development via the Alliance Policy Monitor here and take action.
The Alliance is also reporting that "President Obama requested $637.1 million for Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs. This request is an increase of $2.1 million over the FY 2010 actual level and the current FY 2011 continuing resolution level, both $635 million." You can read more about this as well as review a breakdown of the FY 2012 budget request for educational and cultural exchanges here.
Many thanks to the Alliance for posting this information!
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