Bustos Pushes for Educational, Humanitarian Assistance Programs in Appropriations Bill

Bustos Helps Invest in Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs, Humanitarian Assistance

State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Heads to House Floor for Final Passage

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass a State and Foreign Operations funding bill out of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that prioritizes strategic investments in diplomacy and development efforts and creates greater political and economic stability in the world. This piece of legislation will now head to the House floor for final passage.

Included in the funding package are numerous investments supported by Congresswoman Bustos to fund educational and cultural exchange programs, migration and refugee assistance, international disaster assistance and international basic education.

“We live in a global society and are more interconnected than ever before in our history – now is not the time to isolate ourselves,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Today’s legislation takes meaningful action to invest in the education of students around the world, advance our foreign assistance programs and promote our standing on the global stage. We must uphold our democratic values by supporting those who are displaced and investing in the next generation of leaders.”

Congresswoman Bustos helped include the following priorities:

Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs:

  • Congresswoman Bustos supported funding for programs such as the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, which provides scholarships for high-school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the United States.
  • Earlier this year, students participating in the YES foreign-exchange program from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District visited the Congresswoman’s Washington, D.C. office.

International Basic Education:

  • Congresswoman Bustos supported funding for the International Basic Education program that includes multilateral partnerships to improve access to education.
  • This includes $100 million for the Global Partnership for Education and $25 million for Education Cannot Wait, both of which work to make education a top priority for young students across the world.

Humanitarian Assistance:

  • This legislation also provides over $7 billion for humanitarian assistance, which funds overseas relief to refugees and disaster-struck areas.