This week, the House lent their support to legislation that seeks to protect “access to a quality basic education” for young girls that are displaced “due to ongoing conflicts” as explained in Florida Senator Rubio’s website.In addition, Senator Rubio sponsored the companion bill in 2017 with Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
Speaking on the House’s passing of the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Setting Act, Senator Rubio is calling for President Donald Trump to sign it into law.
He detailed that “Millions of people are displaced globally due to ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises leaving children, particularly girls, vulnerable and unable to access a quality basic education. Education is critical to ensuring children have an opportunity to succeed and contribute to their communities. I hope President Trump will sign our bill quickly and solidify U.S. commitments to ensuring that all children have access to a primary or secondary education, whatever their gender and wherever they live.”
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What the legislation specifically guarantees is that the United States will be partnering with both private and public multilateral institutions on a global scale to ensure that millions of children in primary and secondary-school will continue to have access to education resources.
Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican, also commented on the legislation, saying that “As a father, grandfather and former teacher, I am pleased to see this important bipartisan legislation is on its way to becoming law. Members from both parties, and both chambers, came together to make sure that girls around the world, displaced by conflicts, have the opportunity to receive an education. I introduced this legislation, because education puts girls on the path to success, and helps protect them from trafficking, child marriage, and poverty. And by prioritizing education in our international assistance programs, this bill paves the way for a more peaceful and stable life for displaced girls around the world.”