Schatz, Case: President's Budget Includes $19.7 Million For East-West Center, The First Increase For The Center In A Presidential Budget Proposal Since 2010

As Members of Senate, House Appropriations Committees, Schatz And Case Secured $19.7 Million For East-West Center Last Year

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Biden’s budget proposal, which includes $19.7 million for the East-West Center. The proposal reflects the funding level Schatz and Case secured last year and is the first time a presidential budget request for the 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 Senator 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 Congressman 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.”

###