Message from Executive Director of The Alliance for International Exchange
Join the Campaign to Support Exchanges
The Trump administration released its FY2018 budget, which calls for an unprecedented cut of 28 percent to the Department of State. While we don’t know by what amount, it is clear that the administration will soon propose steep cuts to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). If enacted into law, these cuts would greatly harm our nation’s public diplomacy efforts and, ultimately, our national security and economy.
We need to support our friend, Congressman Hank Johnson, who is leading a “Dear Colleague” letter to the House State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee in support of exchange programs. The letter calls for the highest possible funding level for State Department exchanges in FY2018.
The deadline for members of Congress to join the “Dear Colleague” letter is Wednesday, March 22.
Please take action today in the following two ways:
1) Send a letter to your representative, asking him/her to sign the Johnson “Dear Colleague” letter. The letter is pre-written and it only takes a minute or two to send. If you would like, you can also personalize your letter for more impact. Click below to write your congressional representative today.
2) Ask your host institutions, families, Board, and other stakeholders in the United States to send a letter as well. You can use this link to access a draft email message.
By working together, we can ensure that members of Congress appreciate the wide support exchange programs have throughout the United States.
Executive Director, The Alliance of International Exchange