We made it!
CBYX is saved
We are very happy to share that the budget cut to the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) has been reversed and that funding has been restored to $4 million for the upcoming program year.
This would not have been possible without you. Thank you so much for your signature in support of our petition, for your help to spread the word about our #saveCBYX-campaign and for your letters to US Congress or German Bundestag raising awareness for #saveCBYX among politicians in the US and in Germany.
Want to read more? Follow the links to the statements of the House of Representatives and the Senate on the decision:
House of Representative, 15. Juni 2015
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program.–The Committee is concerned by the Department of State’s proposal to reduce funding for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX). This program is integral for the continuation of a strong relationship between the United States and Germany. The Committee does not support the proposed program reduction in fiscal year 2015 and has included $4,000,000 for the CBYX program in fiscal year 2016.
Senate, 9. July 2015
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program.–The Committee is concerned with the Department of State decision to reduce funding by $2,000,000 for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program in fiscal year 2015, and recommends $4,000,000 for the program to avoid such reduction in fiscal year 2016.
20,639 signatures for #saveCBYX
U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson welcomed the presidents of APPPs,Initiative junger Transatlantiker / Young Transatlantic Initiative and PPP Alumni e.V. at the U.S. Embassy Berlin in March to talk about and the transatlantic relationship. We were grateful for the open dialogue and the opportunity to hand over the #saveCBYX petition with 20,639 signatures.
Shortly after, a delegation of the German Bundestag promoted the PPP/CBYX by discussing the importance of the program and our #saveCBYX campaign with Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. The delegation also officially handed over the #saveCBYX petition with all signatures to both the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State. A special thank you goes to U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson and U.S. Representative Bill Keating for their support.
However, the decision on the future of the program remains open. Therefore, we want to close our #saveCBYX campaign with as many loud voices as possible – and for this we need the help of all our supporters from the United States.
Currently, U.S. Congress continues its internal debate on next year’s budget, and we want every single Member of Congress to be aware of your support for the CBYX program and to ensure the State Department restores full funding of the program at $ 4 million in FY 2016. In order to do this, we encourage everyone who lives in the United States to send three letters – one to your Representative and two to your home state Senators. To make it as easy as possible, we pre-arranged a letter, designed for this purpose. Just click HERE and add your name and zip code, press send and Congress will hear your voice. If you would like to edit or add a personal note to the text, feel free to do so.
Each letter to Congress will send a strong signal and highlight the end of our #saveCBYX campaign. The more letters are sent, the stronger the signal. Please help reach our shared goal of saving CBYX because transatlantic relations matter – now more than ever!
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Save CBYX: Funding Cuts Threaten Future of German-American Exchange Program (CBYX)
Dear Friends of the transatlantic relations,
Dear Friends of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange,
The U.S. Department of State has cut funding for the CBYX program by 50% for the 2015-2016 program year, and the future of the program’s existence is in danger. In order to guarantee that CBYX, one of the most prominent German-American exchange programs for the past 30 years, continues to support 700 German and American participants annually, funding for the program must be restored to $4 million.
Use this website and the petition to get involved. Similar funding cuts to other State Department programs have been reversed in the past, but only through the efforts of thousands of program alumni and supporters who let their voices be heard.
Think about how CBYX has changed your life and how your participation has improved the U.S.-German relationship through the people you met and the relationships you formed. Make it known that this program is still an important part of our public diplomacy, to prevent the program from being cut further or potentially ended in the near future.
Support for the program is needed from as many people as possible, so please share this website and the petition with anyone you know whose life has been touched by CBYX or who believes strongly in the German-American partnership.
Thank you for your support!
PPP Alumni e.V.
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