Sending Office: Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
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        Request for Signature(s)

Support continued funding for the East-West Center! 

FY 19 Programmatic Appropriations Request

New Deadline: COB March 13, 2018

Co-signers: Jackson Lee, Titus, Krishnamoorthi, Norton, Heck, DeGette, Hastings, Jayapal, Shea-Porter, Chu, Castro, Bordallo

Dear Colleague, 

Please join us in requesting that the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee sustain its funding for the East-West Center (EWC). The EWC has historically been provided with $16.7 million. 

Since 1960, the EWC has played a critical role in bringing together policymakers, scholars, and students from across the Asia-Pacific region to study political, security, economic, and social issues of common concern.  Its seminars and training programs
have helped to better prepare policymakers, including members of Congress and their staff, to confront the many challenges in this region.  These programs include
Asia Matters for America and the Congressional Staff Program on Asia.  The EWC has become an irreplaceable component of our public diplomacy and soft power in the Asia-Pacific. 

We hope you will join us in urging the committee to continue its vital support for the EWC and its work. 

If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact



Colleen Hanabusa

Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress



Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey:

We write to respectfully urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs to include $16.7 million for the East-West Center in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill.

Congress established the East-West Center in 1960 and chose Hawaii as its home because of the islands’ central location in the middle of the Pacific.  The primary goal of the Center is to improve relations and promote understanding between the peoples of
the United States and the Asia-Pacific region through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.  The East-West Center brings together scholars and students from across the Asia-Pacific to exchange ideas, develop expertise, and formulate policy options on
important issues of common interest.

The East-West Center continues to be a vital resource of information on critical policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific, a region of core importance to U.S. national interests.  Scholars and policymakers conduct multidisciplinary research on political, security,
economic, and social issues through the Center’s research program, while the education and seminars programs prepares students and professionals of all levels to confront these pressing challenges.

By bringing together students, scholars, and leaders representing the diverse peoples of the Asia-Pacific region, the East-West Center supports our national interests as an irreplaceable component of our public diplomacy.  Thanks to consistent and longstanding
congressional support, the Center has improved the United States’ image abroad and provided means by which American ideas and values can influence those of our partners and neighbors in the region.

Continued funding for the East-West Center is crucial for our nation’s foreign policy and national security interests.  We appreciate your attention and consideration of this request. 




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