Week ending September 8, 2017
H.R.601 – Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act
This bill has become the legislative vehicle for providing $7.4 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid including $450 million to the Small Business Administration for grants to small businesses as intended by the House.
The Senate then brought up the House-passed HR 601 regarding foreign education.
The Paul Motion to refer with instructions (re: offset the disaster spending). McConnell Motion to Table the Motion to Refer. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Table is agreed to by a vote of 87-10.
Sasse motion to refer with instructions (re: consider the House disaster request without additional provisions on the CR/Debt limit/added Harvey money). McConnell Motion to Table the Motion to Refer. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Table is agreed to by a vote of 72-25.
Motion to concur with further amendment #808 to the House Message. Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur is agreed to by a vote of 79-18.
McConnell amendment provides $15 billion for disaster aid.
House Message to accompany H.R. 601 (Legislative vehicle for Hurricane Harvey aid, debt limit increase, and CR). Motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 601 with Senate amendment #808. Final passage. Motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 601 with Senate amendment #808. Final passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Concur was agreed to by a vote of 80-17.
On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 316 – 90 (Roll no. 480).
HR 601 before amended –
HR 601 “…amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to state that it shall be U.S. policy to work with partner countries, other donors, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and nongovernmental and civil society organizations (including faith-based organizations) to promote basic education through programs that: (1) respond to the needs and capacities of developing countries to improve literacy and other basic skills; (2) strengthen educational systems, expand access to safe learning environments (including by breaking down barriers to basic education for women and girls), and support the engagement of parents in their children’s education; (3) promote education as a foundation for economic growth; and (4) monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of basic education programs in partner countries.” – CRS
To those ends the ‘bill establishes within the U.S. Agency for International Development the position of Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance, who shall have primary responsibility for the oversight and coordination of U.S. government resources and activities relating to the promotion of international basic education.’
Also ‘The President shall: (1) seek to improve the effectiveness of assistance by coordinating relevant executive branch efforts, (2) ensure that assistance is aligned with U.S. foreign policy and economic interests, and (3) submit to Congress by October 1, 2017, a comprehensive FY2018 through FY2022 strategy to promote basic education in partner countries.’ The president is to assure ‘that programs carried out under the comprehensive strategy: (1) apply monitoring and evaluation methodologies to determine if programs and activities accomplish measurable improvements in literacy, numeracy, or other basic skills development; and (2) include funding for both short- and long-term monitoring and evaluation.’
(Full text of H.R. 601 congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17] (Introduced 01/23/2017)
Status: Passed House / Passed Senate amended / Passed House / Passed Senate amended /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: Passed House without amendment (01/24/2017)
The vote is on H. Res. 502 — “Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment.” On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 – 3 (Roll no. 441).
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
On Passage: Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote. Passed Senate amended by a vote of 80-17.
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that implementing the act would cost less than $500,000 each year and total $1 million over the 2017-2021 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Enacting H.R. 601 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 601 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 601 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: Data not available
Duplication of programs: Data not available
Direct Rule-Making: Data not available
Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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