Roe Resolution Passes the U.S. House of Representatives
H.Res. 836, Expressing support for Teen Read Week
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, offered H.Res. 836 - Expressing support for Teen Read Week. This legislation passed by a vote of 405-0 in the U.S. House of Representatives under the suspension calendar.
H.Res. 836 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• Support the goals and ideals of Teen Read Week;
• Recognize that it is important for teens to be taught to read proficiently; and
• Encourages teens to read for leisure and academic purposes.
Roe gave the following statement expressing support for Teen Read Week:
"Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. (Madame) Speaker, I rise today in support of House Resolution 836, expressing support for Teen Read Week.
"More than 20 percent of adults read below a fifth-grade level which is well below the reading level needed to earn a minimum wage. Almost 44 million adults in the U.S. don't read well enough to read a short story to their child. It is estimated that illiteracy costs U.S. taxpayers more than $20 billion per year. More than three out of four of those on welfare and 68% of people arrested are illiterate. In U.S. prisons, three in five inmates cannot read.
"The ability to read proficiently is one of the most important skills children and adolescents can acquire. This skill is important to people of all ages, from children just entering school to adults in the prime of their careers. Teen Read Week highlights the importance of encouraging teenagers to read.
"Research has shown that children and teens who are proficient readers perform better in almost all school subjects. Therefore, it follows that teens who struggle to read are more likely to drop out of high school than those who do not. In addition, research indicates there is a strong link between teens who are juvenile offenders and the inability to read at grade level.
"Teen Read Week takes place October 18 to October 24, 2009. It was first recognized in 1998 and has taken place the third week of every October since that time.
"Teen Read Week encourages teens to read for fun. Reading for fun highlights the importance and enjoyment of reading for teens and adolescents. Research has shown that teens who read for fun are more likely to succeed in the workforce than those who do not. The theme for Teen Read Week 2009 is “Read Beyond Reality.”
"By recognizing Teen Read Week, we show our support for promoting teen literacy and for encouraging teens to read. I am honored to support this resolution and I ask my colleagues to join me."