Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed four Foreign Affairs Committee measures, including Chairman Ed Royce’s (R-CA) Digital Global Access Policy Act (H.R. 5537) to promote internet access in developing countries, and the AGOA Enhancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2845) to increase trade opportunities with Africa.

Following passage, Chairman Royce said:These bills rely on proven methods to promote smart development and economic growth in Africa and around the world.  By passing the Digital GAP Act we are giving developing countries an opportunity to take full advantage of the many opportunities the internet provides – from economic growth, to improved education, to democracy promotion.  And with the passage of the AGOA Enhancement Act, we are removing needless red-tape to improve trade relationships between Africa and the United States.  Stronger U.S. – African private sector engagement is good for the African people, especially women, and it is good for American builders and producers.”

The House also passed:

  • H. Res. 634, introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), recognizes the importance of the United States-Republic of Korea-Japan trilateral relationship to counter North Korean threats and nuclear proliferation, and ensures regional security and human rights; and
  • H.R. 4481, Education for All Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), provides assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education.