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Bill to Promote Education for Women, Girls in Developing Countries Passes House

On January 23, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 601, the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (P.L. 87-195) to coordinate educational programs to improve literacy and “break down barriers to basic education for women and girls.”

The legislation would require the U.S., as a matter of its foreign policy, to propose programs that promote access to basic education for women and girls in developing countries.

The House passed a version of the bill during the 114th Congress (see The Source, 9/9/16); the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the measure in December (see The Source, 12/9/16).

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