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house Bill H.R. 4508

Should at Least Half of U.S.-Funded Scholarships for Pakistani Students Go to Women?

Argument in favor

Educating women is an important component of lifting families out of poverty, stabilizing communities, and ensuring that women gain the skills to participate in the economy. It’s important to ensure that U.S.-funded scholarships for Pakistani students are equitably distributed to both male and female students in that country.

Lynne's Opinion
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03/03/2020
In a perfect world merit based is how it should be. However, that’s not even true in the United States where racism still rears its ugly head and money buys everything. Let alone Pakistan where women are considered second class citizens
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jimK's Opinion
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03/03/2020
If all things were equal in Pakistan, I would argue that scholarships should go only to the most qualified. In Pakistan however, I do not believe that all things are equal, and women need assistance to gain social acceptance and assure that they have a voice in Pakistani society, as is the case in many societies around the world - including in many ways, our own. Of course, many men may not support this ‘competition’ because they are threatened by having a more equitable society- kind of like our white supremacists are threatened by immigrants of color. So what! Elevating and educating all people makes the world a better, fairer place.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/03/2020
Since at least half of the population of the world is women (isn't it more, now?), then it makes sense that at least half the scholarship money should also go to women. This makes sense to me. I can't see any reason not to split the money fairly between male and female students, no matter the country.
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Argument opposed

This bill is unnecessary, as USAID already grants more than 50% of the scholarships it awards to Pakistani students to women. If anything, the report to Congress that this bill mandates is a layer of unnecessary bureaucracy that’ll detract from USAID’s actual work.

Sean's Opinion
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03/03/2020
No. It should go to the most qualified. Like everything else that’s “diversity based” it should go to the most qualified person, not the most diverse. You can’t demand equality and expect different rules. This is what decades of misinformation has done. Stop trying to be the victim when you don’t get your way.
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operaman's Opinion
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03/03/2020
Isn't it great we can pay for Pakistani women to attend college? And this also extends to men. What a great country we are to pay for non-citizens to attend college. Let's spend the money instead on creating rainbows and animal-shaped clouds.
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Dennis's Opinion
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03/03/2020
Why is it that our government seeks to tax an American wage earners income to take care of people in other nations? I have nothing against Pakistani ladies but I have a real problem with politicians that want to be philanthropists with other peoples money. Charity is not a part of government, its supposed to be a part of the American individual to
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed March 3rd, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 16 Nay
    IntroducedSeptember 26th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 374 - 16 (Roll no. 82).
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4508.
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • Floor
    Mr. Cicilline moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 374 - 16 (Roll no. 82). (text: CR H1450-1451)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1457-1458)
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1450-1452)
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed March 3rd, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 16 Nay
    IntroducedSeptember 26th, 2019

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    In a perfect world merit based is how it should be. However, that’s not even true in the United States where racism still rears its ugly head and money buys everything. Let alone Pakistan where women are considered second class citizens
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    No. It should go to the most qualified. Like everything else that’s “diversity based” it should go to the most qualified person, not the most diverse. You can’t demand equality and expect different rules. This is what decades of misinformation has done. Stop trying to be the victim when you don’t get your way.
    Like (68)
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    If all things were equal in Pakistan, I would argue that scholarships should go only to the most qualified. In Pakistan however, I do not believe that all things are equal, and women need assistance to gain social acceptance and assure that they have a voice in Pakistani society, as is the case in many societies around the world - including in many ways, our own. Of course, many men may not support this ‘competition’ because they are threatened by having a more equitable society- kind of like our white supremacists are threatened by immigrants of color. So what! Elevating and educating all people makes the world a better, fairer place.
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    Isn't it great we can pay for Pakistani women to attend college? And this also extends to men. What a great country we are to pay for non-citizens to attend college. Let's spend the money instead on creating rainbows and animal-shaped clouds.
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    Since at least half of the population of the world is women (isn't it more, now?), then it makes sense that at least half the scholarship money should also go to women. This makes sense to me. I can't see any reason not to split the money fairly between male and female students, no matter the country.
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    Why is it that our government seeks to tax an American wage earners income to take care of people in other nations? I have nothing against Pakistani ladies but I have a real problem with politicians that want to be philanthropists with other peoples money. Charity is not a part of government, its supposed to be a part of the American individual to
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    We shouldn’t be funding scholarships for Pakistanis.
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    In Pakistan, the rate of higher education enrollment for girls and women is just 9 percent, compared to the global rate of 40 percent. Less than 6 percent of women 25 and older in Pakistan attain a bachelor's degree. This is true despite the fact that economic returns for college graduates are the highest in the entire educational system--an average 17 percent increase in earnings per year of schooling. It is in our interest as Americans to ensure that the next generation of Pakistani women have the chance to get an education and provide for their families, communities and country. The U.S. already provides critical foreign assistance to Pakistani women, and since 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded more than 6,000 scholarships for young women to receive higher education in Pakistan. This legislation ensures that the USAID administrator awards at least 50% of the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program to women for each of the calendar years 2020 through 2022. When Malala Yousafzai spoke to world leaders at the U.N. in 2013, she said "Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons. Education is the only solution." This legislation will ensure that we continue to support the future generation of Malalas.
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    No. It should go the most qualified. Period.
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    Funding women’s education is the quickest way to undo systemic misogyny and sexism.
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    Let scholarships be based on merit
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    Scholarships should be based on merit, not sex, race, or other factors.
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    We shouldn't be paying for any foreign student education. If foreign states want to use a portion of our Foreign aid packages, that's up to them. I'm sick of our tax dollars going to support foreign countries when our state and federal government has citizens living on the street, hungry children and lack luster care for our veterans.
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    Pakistan can provide their own scholarships the US shouldn't be
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    This is meant to help the downtrodden, yes? Well, I imagine that Pakistani women are more downtrodden than the men. So let’s lift them up!
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    None. What about America’s kids? Think about America before you give to non Americans.
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    I think yes because it allows as many women to pursue an education that is not encouraged in their own country
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    Why does the american tax payer have to pay for the education of the people from another country. That should be the question and why the democrats waste the american peoples money
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    Support HR 4508 Hakeem Jeffries I agree with Malala Yousafzai MNBSP Half for women is justice for her strong voice of equality in her country! It is merit and need based!
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    If you want to fund someone fund US citizens not Pakistani citizens.
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