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S.Res. 422: A resolution designating March 2, 2018, as “Read Across America Day”.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2018 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).



2d Session

S. RES. 422


March 1, 2018

(for herself, Mr. Reed, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Carper, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Markey, Ms. Hassan, and Mr. Durbin) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


Designating March 2, 2018, as Read Across America Day.

Whereas reading is a basic requirement for quality education and professional success and a source of pleasure throughout life;

Whereas the people of the United States must be able to read if the United States is to remain competitive in the global economy;

Whereas Congress has placed great emphasis on reading intervention and providing additional resources for reading assistance, including through the programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) and through annual appropriations for library and literacy programs; and

Whereas more than 50 national organizations concerned about reading and education have joined with the National Education Association to designate March 2, the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel (commonly known as Dr. Seuss), as a day to celebrate reading: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—


designates March 2, 2018, as Read Across America Day;




all authors for their success in encouraging children to discover the joy of reading; and


the 21st anniversary of Read Across America Day; and




parents, educators, and communities to read with children for at least 30 minutes on Read Across America Day and promote a love of reading and opportunities for all children to see themselves reflected in literature in honor of the commitment of the Senate to building a country of readers; and


the people of the United States to observe Read Across America Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.