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THE AMERICAN SCHOOLS ABROAD SUPPORT ACT; REAU. THORIZING THE TROPICAL FOREST CONSERVATION ACT OF 1998; THE VIET NAM HUMAN RIGHTS ACT OF 2003; AMENDING THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT OF 2003; AND VARIOUS RESOLUTIONS AND CONCURRENT RESOLU. TIONS
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The Committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:58 a.m. in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Henry J. Hyde presiding.
Chairman HYDE. The Committee will come to order. Due to the extensive bipartisan and noncontroversial nature of the items for consideration on today's agenda, it is my intention to expedite their consideration by dealing with them through two en bloc, unanimous consent requests.
First, I will ask unanimous consent to order two bills ordered reported favorably to the House with any amendments which the Members have before them deemed adopted.
Second, I will, by unanimous consent, ask the Committee to authorize me to seek consideration of the rest of the bills on the agenda in the House under suspension of the rules with any amendments which the Members have before them deemed adopted. All Members will be permitted to insert statements into the record on any of the bills or resolutions considered today.
Therefore, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee order favorably reported the following bills: H.R. 4303, The American Schools Abroad Support Act, as amended, and H.R. 4654, To reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 through Fiscal Year 2007. Is there any discussion?
[H.R. 4303, amendment to H.R. 4303 and H.R. 4654 follow:)
H. R. 4303
To authorize the Secretary of State to make grants to American-sponsored
schools in Arab and other predominantly Muslim countries to provide full or partial merit-based scholarships for children from lower- and middle-income families of such countries to attend such schools, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MAY 6, 2004 Mr. BERMAN (for himself and Mr. KNOLLENBERG) introduced the following
bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
A BILL To authorize the Secretary of State to make grants to Amer
ican-sponsored schools in Arab and other predominantly Muslim countries to provide full or partial merit-based scholarships for children from lower- and middle-income families of such countries to attend such schools, and
for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “American Schools
5 Abroad Support Act".
(1) During the 2003–2004 school year, the Of
(2) These “American-sponsored” schools serve
99,318 students, of whom 27,412 are United States
(3) Twenty of these American-sponsored schools-serving 10,907 students are located in the
Near East and South Asia region, and other American-sponsored schools are located in countries with
significant Muslim populations in Africa, Central
(5) In response to growing anti-American senti
ment in Arab and other predominantly Muslim coun
tries, the United States has placed a renewed em
(6) Education is a key element of the efforts of
the United States to promote political, economic,
and social reform in Arab and predominantly Mus
lim countries, and is one of the main components of
the Middle East Partnership Initiative.
(7) As active, vibrant institutions, American
sponsored schools play a vital role in their local com
only, on average, to between one and two percent of
their annual operating expenses.
(9) The United States has an interest in in
who may thereby gain at any early age an ap
preciation for the culture, society, and history
of the United States.
(10) The United States has an interest in in
creasing the number of students in Arab and pre
dominately Muslim countries who attend American
sponsored schools beyond those from affluent fami
lies who are able to afford the cost of tuition, to in
clude children from lower- and middle-income fami
lies who otherwise might not be able to afford to at
(11) Many American-sponsored schools have the
capacity to increase the number of students who at
tend such schools.
(12) The Department of State has legal author
ity under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Ex
change Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.) (com
monly referred to as the Fulbright-Hays Act) to pro
It is the sense of Congress that, based on the findings
18 contained in section 2, additional funds should be made
19 available to American-sponsored schools in Arab and pre
20 dominately Muslim countries to provide full or partial
21 merit-based scholarships to children from lower- and mid
22 dle-income families of such countries to attend such