The proposed bill would authorize the Secretary of State to create a 3-year international exchange pilot program between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries with the purpose of, among other things, helping to “build professional capacity and contribute professional skills to local communities through a two-way exchange of fellows.” The bill also outlines the fellows selection process and includes a preference for individuals in specific professions including public health workers.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on August 2, 2010.
- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2010.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the bill on December 22, 2010.