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The East-West Center will receive $19.7 million as part of President Biden’s budget proposal. The funding was secured by Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Ed Case and is the first time a presidential budget request for East-West Center has been increased since President Obama’s 2010 proposal.

“We’ve worked hard to not just maintain funding for the East-West Center, but increase it,” said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I am pleased to see that the president recognizes the increasingly important role the center plays in strengthening our national security and improving regional cooperation. Ultimately, Congress holds the purse strings, so I look forward to working with the president as we move our budget and appropriations process forward this year.”

“The president’s budget proposal is a validation of the key role the East-West Center has played, is playing and will play in not just the Indo-Pacific region but the world,” said Case, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Our allies, partners and friends around the globe are clear that they look even more in these times to the United States to engage, stabilize and lead. The center is one of our key institutions in doing so toward bolstering our commitments to diplomacy, development and democracy.”

Although the University of Hawaiʻi and East-West Center are separate institutions, they have long been close partners and neighbors.

From a news release from Sen. Schatz

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