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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  • 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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