Ask Your U.S. House Rep to Support Study Abroad!

May 28, 2009

US capitolI saw this on Facebook today (it’s not just all lame love surveys and links to YouTube):

On Wednesday, May 20, the House Foreign Relations Committee passed H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.  While the bill’s primary purpose is to authorize funding for the operations of the U.S. Department of State, it also includes innovative programs that are critical to accomplishing U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy goals.
The legislation is expected to go to the House floor for a vote as early as the first week of June.  We need your help!  Please take a few minutes to send a letter to your Representative urging him/her to vote “YES” to H.R. 2410 when it comes up on the House Floor.  After you send your letter, be sure to share this letter writing opportunity with your colleagues, students, friends and family.  Thank you!

Highlights of this legislation include:

  • Establishing the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation, which will dramatically increase participation in study abroad, ensure that such experiences are universally available to U.S. students from all backgrounds, and emphasize study abroad in non-traditional locations, such as developing countries
  •  Doubling the size of the Peace Corps
  • Increasing funding for educational and cultural exchange programs to $633,243,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, and “such sums as may be necessary” for FY 2011
  • Creating educational exchange programs to provide scholarships to students from various regions of the world to study in the U.S.

Visit NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, to send an email to your Representative asking him or her to support this legislation.

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