As you know, IAAPA continues to support the State Department’s public diplomacy efforts through the J-1 BridgeUSA program (formerly Summer Work Travel Program). In addition to fostering valuable cultural exchange opportunities for international university students, this program provides IAAPA members a critical seasonal workforce option.
Last Friday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) filed an amendment (Amendment #133) to the FY2024 State Department funding bill that would eliminate all funding for Education and Cultural Exchange programs, which includes the J-1 BridgeUSA program.
If the J-1 program is important to your organization, please contact your members of Congress now using the link below and urge them to oppose Amendment #133. The bill will likely be voted on Thursday, September 28, so it is critical that you reach out to your members of Congress now!
We encourage you to forward this campaign to your colleagues, partners, and fellow exchange supporters.