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to a terrorist attack in which 86 innocent people were killed, and it is sort of important for all of us to have some empathy for that tragedy. We have now praised Argentina enough in three separate paragraphs, and that is why some of us oppose adding additional accolades to Argentina.
I also tell my good friend while the new government has indicated its determination to deal with this heinous crime, nothing has yet unfolded. The perpetrators have not yet been fully brought to justice. The process has begun 6 years too late, but that is not the issue.
It would be analogous to dealing with the Holocaust issue and praising the people who have built the museums in the places where the people were killed. That is not the fundamental issue here. The fundamental issue is the terrorism predicated on a hate crime, and I wish to reiterate I strongly oppose further accolades given to Argentina.
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. Thank you, Mr. Lantos.
The question is on the Gillmor amendment. As many are in favor, say aye.
As many as are opposed, say no.
The noes appear to have it. The noes have it. The amendment is not agreed to.
Is there any further discussion on the bill?
If not, the gentleman from California is recognized to offer a motion.
Mr. ROHRABACHER. Madam Chair, I move that the Chairman be requested to seek consideration of the pending resolution as amended on the suspension calendar.
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. The question is on the motion of the gentleman from California. As many as are in favor, say aye.
The ayes have it, and the motion is agreed to. Further proceedings on this measure are postponed. Mr. Smith, if you will take the Chair.
H.R. 4528—INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2000 Mr. SMITH (presiding). We will now consider H.R. 4528, to establish a program to enable American students with a financial need to study abroad. The Chair lays the bill before the Committee. The clerk will report the title.
Ms. BLOOMER. H.R. 4528, a bill to establish an undergraduate grant program at the Department of State to assist students of limited financial means from the United States to pursue studies at foreign institutions of higher education.
Mr. SMITH. The clerk will read the bill for amendment.
Ms. BLOOMER. Being enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United of America and Congress assembled. Section 1, short title. This act Mr. Smith. Without objection, the bill will be considered as read. [The bill appears in the appendix.]
Mr. SMITH. This bill was referred to the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, and yesterday was marked up and forwarded to the full Committee with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without objection, the amendment in the nature of a substitute that is before the Members is marked the committee print. It will be treated as the original text for the purpose of amendment and will be read for amendment. The clerk will read the amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Ms. BLOOMER. Section 1, short title, this act
Mr. SMITH. Without objection, the subcommittee amendment is considered as having been read and is open for amendment.
[The amendment appears in the appendix.]
Mr. SMITH. I would like to recognize myself to explain the amendment.
Chairman Gilman, I am proud to note that yesterday the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights favorably reported your legislation, H.R. 4528, the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, to our full Committee. The only change we made was to rename the program as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. This, I believe, is an honor befitting the author of this legislation which reflects your commitment to strengthening U.S. public diplomacy during your distinguished tenure as Chairman of this Committee.
The International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 would establish a grant program to help American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study abroad. It authorizes $1.5 million per year for that purpose. It also requires that Congress be provided an annual report on the number of participating students and the institutions at which they study. The intention of the bill is to provide the study abroad programs that exist at many colleges and universities with funds that would allow them to reach out to students that might not otherwise consider such study because of the additional travel and living expenses it requires.
By providing for a single-year grant of up to $5,000 per student, the Gilman Scholarships will help students of demonstrated financial need to avail themselves of this valuable educational experience. By living and studying in a new culture, these students will be better equipped to participate in world affairs and the global economy. Furthermore, by broadening participation in U.S. diplomacy efforts, this program will give the communities to which the students travel a richer, more diverse experience of American culture.
I would like to recognize to the distinguished gentleman from New York, Mr. Gilman, for any comments he might have.
Chairman GILMAN. I want to thank our distinguished Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Operations for bringing this measure to the full Committee. I introduced this measure along with Mr. Hinchey of New York to encourage our undergraduate college students to study abroad for at least a year, and I believe American students need to be prepared to operate in the international environment and economy. And that is why we want to assist college-level students to find a way to study abroad, and one of the best ways to prepare young people is to allow them to experience life outside of our nation.
I am pleased that the Committee approved the authorization of $1.5 million to be made available to the State Department for individual student grants up to $5,000. The intention is to work with the existing college campus study programs, and those grants will allow colleges and universities to reach out to the low-income students, and it would expand the pool of students that will benefit personally and later professionally from an internationally oriented education.
This program was developed with the assistance of college administrators and the exchange experts, and let's hope a streamlined program will encourage more students to participate in overseas educational programs and motivate them to learn and apply a foreign language. These experiences and skills, I think, will serve them well as they enter our work force.
I have received letters of support for this legislation from the Institute of International Education; from the American Council on Education, which represents 1,800 colleges and universities; and the President of State University of New York; and Mr. Paul, who also represents the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; the Global Responsibilities Committee, and I thank the gentleman for bringing this measure up at this time.
Mr. SMITH. Let me say that the renaming of this program as the Gilman Scholarships, was a surprise to the Chairman, and it is truly a very small but very sincere token of our respect and admiration for the distinguished gentleman from New York.
I would like to recognize Mr. Gejdenson.
I would like to commend Chairman Gilman for his leadership on this issue. It is particularly, I think, an appropriate action to be taken by this Committee to make sure that we are able to give not just one segment of American society an opportunity to see the rest of the world and get a sense of international issues that affect us, from trade to human rights, but to make sure that every American, no matter what their economic station is, has that opportunity.
So I commend the Chairman. It is an excellent bill, and I hope that we can pass it expeditiously.
Mr. SMITH. I thank my friend.
Mr. ROHRABACHER. I rise in support of the amendment, the resolution, but let me say that I would not be supporting this if it wasn't named after Chairman Gilman.
Chairman GILMAN. Thank you.
Mr. ROHRABACHER. I have always been very proud of my record of frugality, but I know that Ben's benevolence is something that he is more proud of than I am of my frugality. Ben has a good heart and is a man of such honor and integrity and caring that I believe that I will vote for this just for the opportunity to make that expression official.
Mr. SMITH. I thank my friend from California.
The question is on the adoption of the subcommittee amendment as amended. All those in favor, say aye.
Those opposed, say no.
Without objection, the previous question is ordered. The gentleman from New York is recognized to offer a motion.
Chairman GILMAN. Mr. Chairman, I move that the Chairman be requested to submit for consideration the pending bill as amended on the suspension calendar.
Mr. SMITH. The question is now on the motion of the gentleman from New York. Those in favor of the motion, say aye.
All those opposed, no.
The ayes have it, and the motion is agreed to. The Chair or his designees is authorized to move under rule 22 with respect to a conference on this bill or a counterpart in the Senate. Further proceedings in the measure are postponed.
Without objection, the Committee is adjourned.