September 22, 2020

Chairman Castro Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan Global Child Thrive Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee released the following statement after House passed the Global Child Thrive Act:

“Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Global Child Thrive Act, which I wrote with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. This bill directs the U.S. Agency for International Development to prioritize early childhood development to both improve young people’s prospects for success and also reduce poverty, conflict, and displacement in the long-term. Research suggest that funding early childhood education produces one of the highest returns on investment and is one of the most effective tools to advance smarter, healthier, and fairer world.

“I thank House Foreign Affairs Chairman Engel for his strong support, the many advocacy organizations that championed this legislation, and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Chris Coons of Delaware for partnering with the House on this bill. I urge the Senate to immediately take up the Global Child Thrive Act and send it to the President’s desk for signature.”