WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday introduced by Senator John Boozman (R-AR) recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, the United States’ flagship educational exchange established by former Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright.
“I’m pleased the Senate is commemorating this lasting legacy of Senator Fulbright that connects our world. This diplomatic tool is important to building cross-cultural relationships and promoting peace. I’m proud to recognize the contributions of the Fulbright Program and the opportunities it will create in the future,” Boozman said.
On Aug. 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Fulbright’s legislation into law creating this international exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright Program has educated more than 370,000 students from 165 countries, including 54 Nobel Laureates and 33 heads of state.
The Senate resolution was cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Dick Durbin (R-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Congressman French Hill (AR-02) introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that is cosponsored by Representatives Rick Crawford (R-AR), Steve Womack (R-AR), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Tom Cole (R-OK), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Mark Takai (D-HI).