Republicans Vote to Stop Funding East-West Center

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WASHINGTON — A House committee voted Thursday to eliminate federal funding for the East-West Center in Honolulu.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 26-17 to reject an amendment that would have preserved funding for the center as part of the State Department's next budget.

Congress established the East-West Center in 1960s, but Republicans now say the center should be privatized. The bill that would end funding for the center still faces several legislative hurdles before it can become law.

"I am unaware of any major accomplishments that can be attributed to the East-West Center over its 50 years," said Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "If indeed it is worthwhile and has served a proper function and made some things that are respected and acknowledged throughout the Pacific, I would imagine that there are some Pacific countries that would like to jump in and put there money down."

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