Bill Name: United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program Act of 2007
Bill Description: An Act

To establish a United States-Poland parliamentary youth exchange program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,



SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program Act of 2007'.


SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:

(1) The United States established diplomatic relations with the newly-formed Polish Republic in April 1919.

(2) The United States and Poland have enjoyed close bilateral relations since 1989.

(3) Poland became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in March 1999.

(4) Poland became a member of the European Union (EU) in May 2004.

(5) Poland has been a strong supporter, both diplomatically and militarily, of efforts led by the United States to combat global terrorism and has contributed troops to the United States-led coalitions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

(6) Poland cooperates closely with the United States on such issues as democratization, nuclear proliferation, human rights, regional cooperation in Eastern Europe, and reform of the United Nations.

(7) The United States and Poland seek to ensure enduring ties between both governments and societies.

(8) It is important to invest in the youth of the United States and Poland in order to help ensure long-lasting ties between both societies.

(9) It is in the interest of the United States to preserve a United States presence in Europe and to continue to contribute to the development of transatlantic relationships.

(10) Poland for many years received international and United States financial assistance and is now determined to invest its own resources toward attaining its shared desire with the United States to develop international cooperation.


SEC. 3. UNITED STATES-POLAND PARLIAMENTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM.
(a) Authority- The Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Government of Poland, may establish and carry out a parliamentary exchange program for youth of the United States and Poland.

(b) Designation- The youth exchange program carried out under this subsection shall be known as the `United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program'.

(c) Purpose- The purpose of the youth exchange program is to demonstrate to the youth of the United States and Poland the benefits of friendly cooperation between the United States and Poland based on common political and cultural values.

(d) Eligible Participants- An individual is eligible for participation in the youth exchange program if the individual--

(1) is a citizen or national of the United States or of Poland;

(2) is under the age of 19 years;

(3) is a student who is enrolled and in good standing at a secondary school in the United States or Poland;

(4) has been accepted for up to one academic year of study in a program of study abroad approved for credit at such school; and

(5) meets any other qualifications that the Secretary of State may establish for purposes of the program.

(e) Program Elements- Under the youth exchange program, eligible participants selected for participation in the program shall--

(1) live in and attend a public secondary school in the host country for a period of one academic year;

(2) while attending public school in the host country, undertake academic studies in the host country, with particular emphasis on the history, constitution, and political development of the host country;

(3) be eligible, either during or after the completion of such academic studies, for an internship in an appropriate position in the host country; and

(4) engage in such other activities as the President considers appropriate to achieve the purpose of the program.


SEC. 4. ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS.
The Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives an annual report on the United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program established under this Act. Each annual report shall include--

(1) information on the implementation of the Program during the preceding year;

(2) the number of participants in the Program during such year;

(3) the names and locations of the secondary schools in the United States and Poland attended by such participants;

(4) a description of the areas of study of such participants during their participation in the Program;

(5) a description of any internships taken by such participants during their participation in the Program; and

(6) a description of any other activities such participants carried out during their participation in the Program.


SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State for fiscal year 2008 such sums as may be necessary to carry out the youth exchange program authorized by this Act.

(b) Availability- Amounts authorized to be appropriated by subsection (a) shall remain available until expended.

Respectfully submitted,

Rep. nvnf (D-NY)

Co-sponsors:

Sen. valiant2 (D-CO)
Rep. nicvaliant (D-MA)
Rep. nic2 (R-TX)
Rep. nicvaliant2 (R-CA)

Bill Author: nvnf (D-NY)
Aye: 61
Nay: 14
Present: 14

Senators voting Aye:
Scott (R-AL)
Ralph Alan (R-AL)
Addison McConnell (R-AK)
Wyatt Earp (D-AZ)
hefman08 (D-AZ)
Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
Eduardo Ramirez (D-CA)
Dr. Frank Drake (D-CA)
Tony Brannowich (R-CO)
Senator Joshua Miller (D-CO)
NebulaState (D-CT)
Christopher Richards (D-FL)
bigonesen5 (D-HI)
Matthew Faustini ID2 (R-ID)
Bobby Kennedy (D-IL)
It'sbucket (R-IN)
Danforth Quayle (R-IN)
GodHatesHuskies.com (D-IA)
ZapR (R-IA)
Joao KS (D-KS)
Eddie N Mason (R-KS)
FVPIX (R-KY)
Zap Rowsdower. (R-KY)
Drew Brees (R-LA)
Crimson Maine (R-ME)
Miles Porter (D-ME)
Krispy (D-MD)
Michael Jay (D-MN)
Michael Jay 2 (D-MN)
Angela Merkel (R-MS)
Quien es (D-MS)
Crimson Cardinal, Jr. (R-MO)
NebulaWorld (D-MT)
DeRoyalgop (R-NE)
Martin (R-NH)
Ed Diaz (D-NJ)
EldridgeDemNM (D-NM)
Stetson Kennedy (D-NC)
Andy Griffith (R-NC)
Thor (L-ND)
dzeggetai returns (R-OH)
Sen Andrew Min OK (R-OK)
VitterOk (R-OK)
Elos (D-OR)
John Winters (D-PA)
Frank Rizzo (D-PA)
Degree1 (D-RI)
Robert Ingersol (D-SC)
RedBishop (R-SC)
FVPXXIV (R-TN)
RoB-TN (R-TN)
Eleden, Texas Rapist (D-TX)
dziggetai (R-TX)
Sen Andrew Min Ar (R-UT)
Harry Byrd (D-VA)
southergentleman (R-VA)
Martin Ogasawara (D-WA)
Ann Baker (R-WV)
Helper Seat (R-WI)
William H. Rehnquist (R-WI)
The Tick (R-WY)

Senators voting Nay:
Beth Ariane (D-AR)
Reaper (D-GA)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Roseanne Connor (G-MA)
elpmet (D-NE)
UsamaBinForgotted (D-NV)
Jed Bartlet (D-NH)
BillRichardson (D-NM)
Stryker (D-OH)
Chas Wyden (D-OR)
Tony Benn (D-RI)
Bill Buckner (R-SD)
Progressivevoice (D-VT)
Sox Marshal (R-WY)

Senators answering "Present":
Matthew Faustini A1 (R-AK)
Elvish Magi (D-FL)
James Gunn (D-ID)
M. Broussard (R-LA)
Michael Schroeder (D-MA)
Mike Bond MI (D-MI)
Chas Ford (D-MI)
Nathan Fletcher (R-MO)
Mike Bond NJ (D-NJ)
Senator Elvish Magi (D-NY)
James B. Weaver (D-NY)
D. Hobson (R-ND)
StinkyBoy (R-SD)
David Miller (D-WA)

Senators not voting yet:
paragon12321 (D-CT)
Jeremiah Jay (D-DE)
Jack A. Jay (D-DE)
JoCaVa4 (D-GA)
Alice Paul (D-HI)
paragon12322 (D-IL)
Sod-Off Baldrick (D-MT)
Mitchell Miller (D-NV)
Juin (R-UT)
Progressivevoice jr. (D-VT)
Joker of the East (R-WV)