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house Bill H.R. 4481

Does U.S. Foreign Aid Need to Promote Basic Education for Women and Girls in the Developing World?

Argument in favor

Education is a powerful tool for allowing countries to grow and marginalized groups to enter the mainstream. The U.S. should direct foreign aid for education to countries where it can have the most impact and provide new opportunities for women and girls.

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09/07/2016
This bill is long overdue. Women and girls in developing nations are overlooked a lot in their societies, and educating them can not only give them opportunities to contribute to the world, but to economies of the nation's they inevitably move to.
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Hwei's Opinion
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09/08/2016
One of the most effective means of undermining religious extremism is education. Female education is especially threatening to the jihadist ideology.
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Megan's Opinion
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09/08/2016
This will eventually benefit us as well because education, especially in developing countries, brings down birth rate. Obviously, a high birth rate uses up a disproportionate amount of resources and contributes to global warming and poverty due to higher unemployment. Furthermore, education is absolutely crucial to fighting the ideological war against jihadis. People join terrorist organizations because they have no other purpose in life and have been given few opportunities. If we increase education, these potential recruits will be able to find opportunities of their own and will develop a purpose that could keep them from going down the wrong path.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. needs to reevaluate its foreign aid programs in general, and while this proposal is well intentioned it won’t do much to help women and girls in societies with deeply ingrained traditions that restrict their access to education.

Gadsden's Opinion
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09/07/2016
We are not the parents of the world. I'm all for individuals using their own money to donate to charities that help this cause but it is not a federal matter! How about investing in our own education system? Or do you like teachers having to purchase their supplies because of the lack of funding
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/07/2016
America needs to concentrate on fixing her own problems right now! It's time to put America first! The federal government is addicted to the Nanny State mentality! And to Rep. Lowey, Ma'am, y'all screwed up OUR children's education! And the MONEY for your little pet project here IS NOT AVAILABLE, AND YOU DEMOCRAT/SOCIALISTS HAD BETTER FORGET ABOUT RAISING OUR TAXES TO PAY FOR IT AND YOUR OTHER GLOBALIST IDEAS! Concentrate on the following (Note: these are NOT particularly listed in order of their importance! They're ALL important!): 1. Cutting regulations that are inhibiting business/job growth; 2. Making our electrical grid EMP-proof; 3. Promoting organic farming and ranching for the health of our soil, our people, and our animals; 4. Securing our borders; 5. Enforcing our immigration laws (and yes, that includes deporting all illegal aliens!); 6. Enacting E-Verify and making sure that illegal aliens are not receiving welfare benefits; 7. Passing a voter ID law that will help prevent election fraud; 8. Building up the strength and readiness of our military and making us more secure against missile attacks; 9. Stopping the influx of "refugees," including Obama's pet "unaccompanied minors"; 10. Passing a law making it illegal to practice Shariah Law in the U.S.A.; 11. Stopping the killing of our bees, because our food supply relies on them and other pollinators; using bats and other natural means of controlling mosquitos; 12. Making the labelling of GMOs and country-of-origin for our food MANDATORY; 13. Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline to make America more energy independent and create more jobs; 14. Stopping the war on cops, Christians, conservatives, Caucasians, and the Constitution; 15. Voting to withdraw the United States from the United Nations; 16. Stopping foreign aid to all countries harboring and/or otherwise aiding Islamic terrorist groups; 17. IMPEACHING AND IMPRISONING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON; 18. Restoring Americans' rights that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights: especially freedom of religion, free speech, the right to PRIVACY, and the RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS; 19. Restoring STATES' RIGHTS and eliminating federal agencies and programs that are rightfully the purview of the states; 20. Restoring the BALANCE OF POWER in the federal government!
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09/07/2016
There are plenty of non-profits doing this. This is not the place for the federal govt to stick it's nose. What I really don't understand is how all these politicians come up with this stuff while our country is falling apart. Get your heads out of where ever politicians put them when sucking up to lobbyists and do the work of the American people!
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What is House Bill H.R. 4481?

This bill — known as the Education for All Act — would seek to promote universal education that includes women and girls in developing countries through the foreign aid that the U.S. provides such countries. It emphasizes that it’s in the U.S. national interest to promote universal basic education in developing countries as it boosts economic growth, enhances democracy, empowers women and girls, and decreases extremism.

It would be U.S. policy to work with foreign governments, international and civil society organizations to achieve a quality universal basic education that is sustainable by:

  • Assisting developing countries and nongovernmental and multilateral organizations to provide all children with a quality basic education;

  • Promoting education as the foundation for community development

The president would be directed to develop a comprehensive U.S. strategy to achieve these goals through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Relevant foreign aid would be prioritized for countries with the greatest need and opportunity to expand access to education and have a measurable impact on children and educational systems. Priority would also be given to countries where there are chronically underserved or marginalized populations, or people being affected by conflict or crisis.

USAID would designate a Senior Coordinator that would be in charge of providing this education assistance and responsible for the oversight of all U.S. activities and resources used to promote quality universal basic education.

Impact

People who would have expanded access to a basic education as a result of U.S. aid, particularly women and girls; foreign governments; USAID; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4481

$1.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $1 million total over the 2017-2021 period and less than $500,000 each year.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced this bill to improve the quality of education around the world through the foreign aid the U.S. offers:

“An education is the fundamental tool with which boys and girls are empowered to increase their economic potential, improve their health outcomes, address cultural biases, participate in their communities, and provide for their families.That’s why prioritizing children’s access to education around the world strengthens our national security and global leadership. Simply put, we cannot build the world we want for ourselves, and for future generations, without education at the center of our efforts.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) emphasized that there are millions of children in the developing world who are either not in school or receiving an education that’s lacking in quality:

“I am hopeful that with this bill, we can better coordinate our efforts with global partners to work toward reaching the 124 million children around the world who are not in school and improve the quality of education for those currently enrolled.”

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote, and has the bipartisan support of 40 cosponsors in the House — including 27 Democrats and 13 Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Capt. John Severns - U.S. Air Force / Creative Commons)

AKA

Education for All Act of 2016

Official Title

To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education and to establish the goal of all children in school and learning as an objective of the United States foreign assistance policy, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed September 7th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2016

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    This bill is long overdue. Women and girls in developing nations are overlooked a lot in their societies, and educating them can not only give them opportunities to contribute to the world, but to economies of the nation's they inevitably move to.
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    We are not the parents of the world. I'm all for individuals using their own money to donate to charities that help this cause but it is not a federal matter! How about investing in our own education system? Or do you like teachers having to purchase their supplies because of the lack of funding
    Like (61)
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    One of the most effective means of undermining religious extremism is education. Female education is especially threatening to the jihadist ideology.
    Like (29)
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    America needs to concentrate on fixing her own problems right now! It's time to put America first! The federal government is addicted to the Nanny State mentality! And to Rep. Lowey, Ma'am, y'all screwed up OUR children's education! And the MONEY for your little pet project here IS NOT AVAILABLE, AND YOU DEMOCRAT/SOCIALISTS HAD BETTER FORGET ABOUT RAISING OUR TAXES TO PAY FOR IT AND YOUR OTHER GLOBALIST IDEAS! Concentrate on the following (Note: these are NOT particularly listed in order of their importance! They're ALL important!): 1. Cutting regulations that are inhibiting business/job growth; 2. Making our electrical grid EMP-proof; 3. Promoting organic farming and ranching for the health of our soil, our people, and our animals; 4. Securing our borders; 5. Enforcing our immigration laws (and yes, that includes deporting all illegal aliens!); 6. Enacting E-Verify and making sure that illegal aliens are not receiving welfare benefits; 7. Passing a voter ID law that will help prevent election fraud; 8. Building up the strength and readiness of our military and making us more secure against missile attacks; 9. Stopping the influx of "refugees," including Obama's pet "unaccompanied minors"; 10. Passing a law making it illegal to practice Shariah Law in the U.S.A.; 11. Stopping the killing of our bees, because our food supply relies on them and other pollinators; using bats and other natural means of controlling mosquitos; 12. Making the labelling of GMOs and country-of-origin for our food MANDATORY; 13. Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline to make America more energy independent and create more jobs; 14. Stopping the war on cops, Christians, conservatives, Caucasians, and the Constitution; 15. Voting to withdraw the United States from the United Nations; 16. Stopping foreign aid to all countries harboring and/or otherwise aiding Islamic terrorist groups; 17. IMPEACHING AND IMPRISONING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON; 18. Restoring Americans' rights that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights: especially freedom of religion, free speech, the right to PRIVACY, and the RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS; 19. Restoring STATES' RIGHTS and eliminating federal agencies and programs that are rightfully the purview of the states; 20. Restoring the BALANCE OF POWER in the federal government!
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    NOT OUR CONCERN
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    This will eventually benefit us as well because education, especially in developing countries, brings down birth rate. Obviously, a high birth rate uses up a disproportionate amount of resources and contributes to global warming and poverty due to higher unemployment. Furthermore, education is absolutely crucial to fighting the ideological war against jihadis. People join terrorist organizations because they have no other purpose in life and have been given few opportunities. If we increase education, these potential recruits will be able to find opportunities of their own and will develop a purpose that could keep them from going down the wrong path.
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    There are plenty of non-profits doing this. This is not the place for the federal govt to stick it's nose. What I really don't understand is how all these politicians come up with this stuff while our country is falling apart. Get your heads out of where ever politicians put them when sucking up to lobbyists and do the work of the American people!
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    Wasting the talents of half the world is in no one's best interest--especially ours! Women are less likely to be warlike & more likely to want diplomatic solutions to problems. Since most men want to pee on every wall they pass, encouraging women generally improves the world!
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    I think we need to severely cut foreign aid to other countries.
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    Not our problem, let them reform themselves.
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    Everyone please read Loraki's post! Best summary of what needs to be done I've seen on Countable. Well done!
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    Foreign aid to any country inherently involves the theft of money from citizens of this country. We should not be sending any money to any country. It's welfare on an international level and breeds dependence. I wish them all the best, I really do, and individuals are more than welcome to send their own funds voluntarily, but foreign aid is morally wrong, for the reasons I outlined above, no matter how noble the intended recipient cause may be. It still requires forced participation and funding, which is immoral.
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    Education is the most important thing in the world.
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    Money is already being budgeted for foreign aid so all the comments about how America "isn't the parent of the world" or "needs to focus on ourselves" are useless. This bill is just saying what we want to spend that money on, not do we want to spend the money. So I think women and girls are worthy of that focus.
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    Would like to say to loraki. You're a complete idiot. Although I agree with SOME of what you say you seriously just don't know what you're talking about. And I don't even need to get into it. Because every time I ask someone who leans very strictly in one direction a question that opposes their narrative they ignore it and go on about stuff that doesn't matter. And it's getting old. So cut the shit and be a decent human being.
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    This question should read, Should the US Government support, aid and encourage basic education in the US? Foreign Aid? Who will pay..…China, Russia or Venezuela?
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    The purpose of foreign aid is not to re-engineer other societies to align with the preferences of the politically correct agenda of the international development bureaucracy club.
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    Let Girls Learn!
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    When we enable women and girls in developing countries to become educated and contribute to society, we encourage economic growth in those countries as they are better able to access the full potential of their human capital.
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    Yes. Girls need loud foreign and domestic advocates in developing countries where, more often than not, patriarchal macho societies make it impossible for them to rise up.
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