Over $2.6 million of taxpayer money will go to "parliamentary strengthening" in Eastern Europe. The Research Foundation of State University of New York (SUNY/CID) will use the federal funds to address 'policy development, legislation formulation and oversight functions.' Some of the skills they would like to enhance are budget oversight initiatives and legislative drafting skills of legislators. With a $13.8 trillion dollar debt, if the U.S. State Department wants to improve the budgetary oversight functions of a legislature it should look first here at home.
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