House Subcommittee Passes State and
Date: June 8, 2007
Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
From: The Polish American Congress, Washington, D.C.
To: Officers and Members of the Polish American Congress,
Members and Friends of the Polish American Community
Your support is needed to ensure
that the Senate matches the House level of funding.
Polish American Congress, Washington D.C., June 8, 2007 --
June 5th, 2007, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign
Operations and Related Programs approved a version of a bill that, among
other provisions, would provide $501 million to international exchange
programs in FY 2008. This funding would support a growth of core exchange
programs in the world, and also it would provide additional funding to
Eastern Europe including Poland.
The image of the United States in the international arena is not as
positive as it used to be in the past. Many US policies on different
subjects are criticized overseas. For every country it is important to
have strong diplomatic, business, cultural, and academic bonds with other
countries. United States is one of the main destinations of the top choice
in academia, science, and business, and many students, scholars, and
businessmen come to the United States to gain broader knowledge in certain
subjects or to gain more professional experience. Currently, there are
more than 230 nonprofit U.S. based organizations that help with the
growing international exchange links between the United States and
countries from all over the world.
The proposed legislation by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on
State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is going to be considered
on the House floor within the next three weeks.
It is crucial that the Polish American Community voice thier support and urge
members of the U.S. Senate to mtach the House level of funding for
educational and cultural exchange programs.
If you live in one of the following states, please contact the
corresponding Senator, who is a member of the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs:
-- Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Illinois -- Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Iowa -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Kansas -- Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Kentucky -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Louisiana -- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Maryland -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Missouri -- Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)
New Hampshire -- Sen. Judd Gregg (Ranking Member) (R-NH)
Pennsylvania -- Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Rhode Island -- Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
South Dakota -- Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Tennessee -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Utah -- Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Vermont -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (Chairman) (D-VT)
Also, make sure to
forward this appeal to others.
For more information on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, go to
For information on contacting your Senators,
information on the legislation approved by the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, please see
press release issued by Chairwoman of the Subcommittee – Rep. Nita M.