Federal - HR 601

A bill to enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of assistance provided under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to promote quality basic education in developing countries, to better enable such countries to achieve universal access to quality basic education and improved learning outcomes, to eliminate duplication and waste, and for other purposes (official title to be confirmed).

Introduced

January 23, 2017

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A bill to enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of assistance provided under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to promote quality basic education in developing countries, to better enable such countries to achieve universal access to quality basic education and improved learning outcomes, to eliminate duplication and waste, and for other purposes (official title to be confirmed).

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  • Sept. 15, 2017Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Became Public Law, PL 115-56, 131 Stat. 1129. Congressional Record p. D977

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Signed by the president. Congressional Record p. H7745

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Enrolled measure signed in the Senate. Congressional Record p. S5102

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Enrolled measure signed in the House. Congressional Record p. H7215

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Measure cleared for the president. Congressional Record p. H7196-H7197

  • Sept. 8, 2017House Vote 480 Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations — Motion to Concur
    Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The measure would suspend the public debt limit from the bill's date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8, 2017. Motion agreed to (thus cleared for the president), 316-90. Congressional Record p. H7196-H7197

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H7191-H7197

  • Sept. 8, 2017 — House rule, H Res 509, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H7191

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 818 to the McConnell amendment no. 817, fell when amendment no. 817 fell. Congressional Record p. H5032-H5036

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 509, reported to the House as a rule for HR 601.

  • Sept. 7, 2017Senate Vote 190 Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations — Motion to Table
    McConnell, R-Ky., motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to refer the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee with instructions to report back immediately with a Sasse, R-Neb., amendment that would reflect changes that are only within the committee's jurisdiction and would eliminate provisions that are not part of the message originally sent by the House. Motion rejected 72-25. Congressional Record p. S5035-S5036

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., for Sasse, R-Neb., motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with changes that are only within the committee's jurisdiction and would eliminate provisions that are not part of the message originally sent by the House, tabled by roll call vote, 72-25.

  • Sept. 7, 2017Senate Vote 189 Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations — Motion to Table
    McConnell, R-Ky., motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky. motion to refer the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee with instructions to report back immediately with a Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 816, that would that would increase by $7.4 billion funding to the Disaster Relief Fund and would require that $15.25 billion in unobligated funds previously made to the United States Agency for International Development be rescinded. Motion agreed to 87-10. Congressional Record p. S5035

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 817 to the instructions of the McConnell motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee, fell when the motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill was tabled by roll call vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S5031-S5036

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee with instructions to report it back immediately with a Paul, R-Ky., amendment no. 816, tabled by roll call vote, 87-10.

  • Sept. 7, 2017Senate Vote 191 Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations — Cloture
    McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) in the McConnell motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with a Senate amendment, no. 808, that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The amendment would suspend the public debt limit from the bill's date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8. Motion agreed to Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture., 79-18. Congressional Record p. S5031-S5038

  • Sept. 7, 2017Senate Vote 192 Fiscal 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations — Motion to Concur
    McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with a Senate amendment, no. 808, that would make available $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 to partially cover the costs of responding to multiple natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. The amendment would suspend the public debt limit from the bill's date of enactment until Dec. 8, 2017, and would provide for government operations to be funded at fiscal 2017 levels until Dec. 8. Motion agreed to 80-17. Congressional Record p. S5031-S5038

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — House message to accompany the bill considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S5031-S5038

  • Sept. 7, 2017Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — House Rules Committee granted a rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill. Congressional Record p. H7172

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — Full committee proceeding held by the House Rules Committee.

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 818 (817). Congressional Record p. S5062, S5064

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 817 (816). Congressional Record p. S5062, S5064

  • Sept. 7, 2017 — Paul, R-Ky. (for McConnell, R-Ky.), amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 816. Congressional Record p. S5062, S5063

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — Received in the Senate and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. S5003

  • Sept. 6, 2017House Vote 441 Emergency Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Appropriations — Adoption
    Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution that would provide for the House to concur in the Senate amendments to a bill (HR 601) that would codify practices and programs at the United States Agency for International Development related to U.S. education assistance abroad, with further amendment that would appropriate $7.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2017 as an initial payment to cover the costs of responding to Hurricane Harvey. The total would include $7.4 billion for the Homeland Security Department's Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support ongoing hurricane response efforts. It would also include $450 million for the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners. Motion agreed to 419-3. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (282 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky. amendment no. 809 to the McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 808, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S5021

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to close debate (cloture motion) on consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with a Senate amendment, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. S5020-S5021

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill with an amendment no. 808, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. S5020

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — House message to accompany the bill considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S5020-S5021

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 808. Congressional Record p. S5007, S5013-S5014

  • Sept. 6, 2017 — McConnell, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 809 (808). Congressional Record p. S5007, S5013

  • Aug. 1, 2017 — Measure, as amended, passed in the Senate by voice vote. Congressional Record p. S4686

  • Aug. 1, 2017 — Portman, R-Ohio, for Rubio, R-Fla., amendment adopted by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S4686

  • Aug. 1, 2017 — Senate Foreign Relations Committee-reported amendments adopted by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S4686

  • Aug. 1, 2017 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S4684-S4686

  • Aug. 1, 2017 — Portman, R-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 743. Congressional Record p. S4674

  • June 5, 2017 — Reported to the Senate amended by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S3242

  • May 25, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    May 25, 2017 — Committee Vote: Basic Education in Developing Countries — Reporting Requirements
      Corker, R-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would revise the deadline from October 2017 to one year after the bill's enactment, for the president to submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy to promote quality basic education in partner countries.

    It also would revise the deadline from March 31st to 180 days after the end of the fiscal year, for the president to submit to Congress an annual report on the implementation of the strategy to promote basic education in partner countries.

    Amendment that would revise the deadline from October 2017 to one year after the bill's enactment, for the president to submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy to promote quality basic education in partner countries.

    It also would revise the deadline from March 31st to 180 days after the end of the fiscal year, for the president to submit to Congress an annual report on the implementation of the strategy to promote basic education in partner countries.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 25, 2017 — Committee Vote: Basic Education in Developing Countries — Vote to Report

    Create a new policy in foreign aid assistance for the U.S., working with partner countries, donors, multilateral institutions, and nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, to promote basic education through programs to:

    • Respond to the needs and capacities of developing countries to improve literacy and other basic skills;
    • Expand access to safe classrooms, including breaking down barriers to basic education for women and girls;
    • Promote education as an economic development tool; and
    • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of basic education programs in partner countries.

    The bill would require the president to submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy to promote basic education and to evaluate programs and activities carried out under the comprehensive strategy to ensure measurable improvements in literacy and other basic educations skills.

    It also would require the president to report annually to Congress on the status of implementation of the strategy to promote basic education.

    It would establish within the USAID a senior coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance, to coordinate resources and activities relating to the promotion of international basic education.

    It also would direct the president, in consultation with the appropriate Congressional committees, to eliminate a position at the USAID to offset the costs incurred by the senior coordinator position.

    Create a new policy in foreign aid assistance for the U.S., working with partner countries, donors, multilateral institutions, and nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, to promote basic education through programs to:

    • Respond to the needs and capacities of developing countries to improve literacy and other basic skills;
    • Expand access to safe classrooms, including breaking down barriers to basic education for women and girls;
    • Promote education as an economic development tool; and
    • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of basic education programs in partner countries.
    • The bill would require the president to submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy to promote basic education and to evaluate programs and activities carried out under the comprehensive strategy to ensure measurable improvements in literacy and other basic educations skills.

      It also would require the president to report annually to Congress on the status of implementation of the strategy to promote basic education.

      It would establish within the USAID a senior coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance, to coordinate resources and activities relating to the promotion of international basic education.

      It also would direct the president, in consultation with the appropriate Congressional committees, to eliminate a position at the USAID to offset the costs incurred by the senior coordinator position.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) by voice vote.

  • Jan. 30, 2017 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Congressional Record p. S488, S489

  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Measure passed in the House by voice vote, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H666

  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Royce, R-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H662-H666

  • Jan. 24, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Dent, (R-Pa.)Granger, (R-Texas)Royce, (R-Calif.)
    Donovan, (R-N.Y.)McCaul, (R-Texas)Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
    Engel, (D-N.Y.)Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Fla.)
  • Jan. 23, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Reichert, (R-Wash.)
  • Jan. 23, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Foreign Affairs.Congressional Record p. H607

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