Steve Chabot

HR.3398 - Girls Count Act Of 2013

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11/19/2014--Passed House amended. Girls Count Act of 2014 - Authorizes the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to: support programs that will contribute to improved civil registration and vital statistics systems with a focus on birth registration; promote programs that build the capacity of developing countries' national and local legal and policy frameworks to prevent discrimination against girls, and help increase property rights, social security, land tenure, and inheritance rights for women; and assist government ministries of developing countries to ensure that poor girls obtain equitable access to social programs. Directs the Secretary to coordinate with multilateral organizations to work with countries to enact laws that collect data on girls and establish registration and identification laws to ensure that girls participate in the social, economic, legal and political sectors of their countries. Urges the Secretary and the Administrator to work with U.S., international, and local private sector and civil society organizations to advocate for the registration and documentation of all girls and boys in developing countries to prevent exploitation, violence, and other abuses. Directs the Secretary and the Administrator to include in reports to Congress information regarding: (1) U.S. foreign and development assistance beneficiaries by age, gender, marital status, location, and school enrollment status; and (2) how U.S. foreign and development assistance benefits girls. Sunsets this Act five years after its enactment.

Received In The Senate And Read Twice And Referred To The Committee On Foreign Relations.
November 20th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Motion To Reconsider Laid On The Table Agreed To Without Objection.
November 19th 2014 @ 3:49 PM

On Motion To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended Agreed To By Voice Vote.
November 19th 2014 @ 3:49 PM

Debate - The House Proceeded With Forty Minutes Of Debate On H.r. 3398.
November 19th 2014 @ 3:33 PM

Considered Under Suspension Of The Rules.
November 19th 2014 @ 3:33 PM

Mr. Royce Moved To Suspend The Rules And Pass The Bill, As Amended.
November 19th 2014 @ 3:33 PM

Ordered To Be Reported (amended) By Unanimous Consent.
July 30th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Committee Consideration And Mark-up Session Held.
July 30th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Foreign Affairs.
October 30th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

H.R. 3398 is a bill to authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries.

Jasminee Persaud, Senior Analyst
Saturday August 2nd 2014

Birth registration is important because it proves a child’s citizenship, nationality, place of birth, parentage and age. Females make up the majority of people lacking birth registration documents. This documentation is necessary to obtain a passport, driver’s license, or national identification card. The lack of such documentation prevents people from officially participating in and benefitting from the formal economic, legal, and political sectors in their countries. Improving the documentation status of women and girls improves their visibility in society and options to access education and economic opportunities.

 

H.R. 3398, the Girls Count Act of 2013, would authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to:

  • support programs that contribute to improved civil registration and vital statistics systems with a focus on birth registration;
  • promote programs that build the capacity of developing countries' national and local legal and policy frameworks to prevent discrimination against girls, and help to increase property rights, social security, land tenure, and inheritance rights for women; and
  • coordinate with multilateral institutions, private sector and civil society organizations to achieve these goals.

The authorization in the bill would expire 5 years after its enactment.

Jasminee Persaud, Senior Analyst
Saturday August 2nd 2014
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