From: The Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
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Date: 3/27/2017

Keep America Competitive and Globally Engaged

Support Department of State Educational & Cultural Exchange Programs

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Dear Colleague:

Department of State international exchange programs are a proven and cost-effective way for the United States to remain internationally competitive, develop American leaders, and promote American values. These programs support global engagement that is critical
to our prosperity and national security.

Please join me in sending the letter below requesting that the House Appropriations Committee fund these vital programs at the highest funding level possible in FY 2018.

Exchange programs such as the Fulbright Program, the Gilman Scholarship Program, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program, the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, and SportsUnited
create amazing opportunities for our young people, helping them not only to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in a global marketplace but also to serve as ambassadors of American youth around the world. State Department evaluations repeatedly
show that participants who visit the United States through exchange programs leave with a better impression of our country, the American people, and our values. U.S. ambassadors consistently rank exchange programs among the most useful catalysts for long-term
political change and mutual understanding. In addition to enhancing America’s competitiveness, exchange programs provide significant immediate benefits to our nation’s economy. Most of the exchanges budget is spent either on Americans, American businesses
and organizations, or in the United States.

Please join me in supporting the highest funding possible for State Department exchange programs in FY 2018. If you have any additional questions, please contact Oleg Svet in Rep. Hank Johnson’s office (5-1605, We
plan to close the letter by COB Tuesday March 28.


Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Member of Congress