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Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational Exchange Act of 2007

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SHIRLEY A. CHISHOLM UNITED STATES-CARIBBEAN EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - July 30, 2007)

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize my good friend from California, Ms. BARBARA LEE, for her leadership in introducing this bill, which is intended to deepen our educational cooperation with our neighbors in the Caribbean.

H.R. 176 authorizes the creation of the Shirley A. Chisholm U.S.-Caribbean Educational Exchange Program to help provide U.S. educational opportunities to qualified students from the countries of the Caribbean community.

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It also authorizes State and USAID to expand existing primary and secondary school initiatives in the Caribbean to provide programs on teacher training methods, school management,

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curriculum development, and increase community involvement in school activities.

Increasing the quality of educational opportunities available to our good neighbors in the Caribbean serves the interests of our entire region, and deepens the goodwill that already exists between the people of our countries.

I want to thank Congresswoman Lee and Chairman Lantos for working with me at the committee level to incorporate language ensuring that state sponsors of terrorism do not receive the benefits provided under this bill. The committee also amended the text to authorize such sums as may be necessary rather than a sum certain for the new programs. This will help ensure that any new activities under the act will not disrupt those educational and exchange programs already being implemented in the region by the State Department and USAID.

Again, I thank my colleagues for their cooperation in preparing this bill for floor consideration.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``aye'' on this resolution, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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