US SENATE COMMITTEE AUTHORIZES US$20 MILLION FOR EAST-WEST CENTER

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WASHINGTON (June 20, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) ---Hawaii's East-West Center, parent organization for the regional Pacific Islands Development Program, now is authorized by the United States Senate in Washington to receive US$20 million in operating funds during 1998 and 1999.

The proposed legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka from Hawaii, permits funding of US$10 million during each of the next two fiscal years.

Senator Inouye said he is "most pleased" that both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate "recognize the critical and valuable role of the East-West Center in improving US/Asia-Pacific relations."

Meantime, an identical funding amount --$US20 million over two years-- is included in a US House of Representatives authorization bill.

East-West Center officials see the new Washington action as very encouraging. Earlier, the Clinton administration proposed phasing out support for the East-West Center, going progressively over the next four years to operating support of $7 million, $4 million, $2 million and then zero.

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