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Quigley Welcomes New International Basic Education Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Fitzpatrick

Jan 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), founder and co-chair of the bipartisan International Basic Education Caucus, released the following statement marking Congressman Fitzpatrick’s (PA-01) appointment as Caucus Co-Chair:

“I founded the International Basic Education Caucus because I believe we have a bipartisan responsibility to help students by supporting educational programs on a global scale,” said Rep. Quigley. “Since 2015, we have encouraged our Members and our colleagues throughout Congress to invest in quality education in the developing world, improving the quality of life and economic security of the most vulnerable. I am pleased to have Congressman Fitzpatrick join as Caucus Co-Chair, and I look forward to working with him as we address our world’s pressing education challenges.”

“I am proud to join Congressman Mike Quigley as a Co-Chair of the bipartisan International Basic Education Caucus. This bipartisan group of legislators aims to support international basic education and act quickly to respond to global events that affect access to quality education,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “We will strive to create a unified voice within Congress to strengthen U.S. policy towards education for the developing world.”

The International Basic Education Caucus was created to help boost support in Congress for international basic education programs, increase understanding of global education challenges, build bipartisan support to address these issues, and establish a platform to respond quickly to global events such as the terrorist attacks on schools in Nigeria and Kenya.

Since his election to Congress in 2009, Rep. Quigley has made access to quality, safe, and affordable education a top priority. From cosponsoring the Education for All Act and supporting funding for the Global Partnership for Education through USAID to inviting a public school teacher to the State of the Union address, Rep. Quigley is working to highlight the importance of education to the state of our nation and our global economy. Most recently, Rep. Quigley introduced the Get the Lead Out of Schools Act, which requires the EPA to establish a lead contamination testing program for all schools and creates a grant program to help school districts conduct lead testing and assist with remediation efforts.