|Sponsor||Rep. Markey, Betsy|
|Committee||Education and Labor|
|Date||October 6, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 741 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) on September 14, 2009.
H.Res. 741 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the designation of "Read for the Record Day";
• "Commends Jumpstart's Read for the Record in its fourth year; and
• "Encourages adults, including grandparents, parents, teachers, and college students to come together with children of all ages to create the world's largest shared reading experience to show their support for early literacy and Jumpstart's year-long program working with preschool children in low-income communities."
This resolution expresses support for the designation of October 8, 2009, as "Read for the Record Day." Jumpstart, an early education organization, has engaged nearly 21,000 adults to serve almost 80,000 young children in communities across the nation since 1993. Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" is an annual campaign, now in its fourth year that brings attention to early education by organizing the world's largest shared reading experience. The goal of the campaign is to raise national awareness about the importance of early education by engaging one million children to read the same book on the same day and provide books to children in low-income households through donations and book purchases and sponsorship.