We started to hear that good news was on its way last week, and this morning it arrived: the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill providing $65.103 million for Title VI and $7.061 million for Fulbright-Hays, international education programs. These funding levels, the same as last year, are a significant victory after the President requested and the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 69% cut to Fulbright-Hays.
Thank you to all who took action to urge your Representatives to support at least level funding for Fulbright-Hays and Title VI. The outpouring of support for international education was remarkable! Thanks to letters from advocates, we reached 419 of the 434 members of the House. This included Representatives from all 50 states. All together the House received over 4,500 messages.
The House and Senate will ultimately need to reconcile their differences on Fulbright-Hays funding for FY 2017. When this process begins to unfold, we will reach out to our advocates again to urge their Senators to support the House’s levels.
Thank you again to all who sent messages to your Members of Congress!