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Jerry P. Becker

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NSTA Update - For Information
Posted: Sep 28, 1998 2:42 PM
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NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

September 21, 1998

House Passes Dollars to the Classroom Bill

Intense last minute efforts by education groups and, we
hope, individual constituents to halt passage of the
Dollars to the Classroom Act failed.

Last Friday, September 18, after three hours of
debate, the House passed HR 3248 by a vote of 212 to
198 (breakdown of votes below). The bill, originally
introduced by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), seeks
to consolidate 31 separate federal education programs,
including the Eisenhower Professional Development
Program, into a single block grant to the states.

For science teachers, this would spell the end of the
Eisenhower program. While states could choose to spend
money on professional development, they would not be
required to do so. In the face of diverse and
competing needs, targeted funding for professional
development for science and math teachers could very
likely get lost in a political tug-of-war.

The Senate version of the bill, S 1589, introduced by
Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR), has not yet been voted
on by the Senate Committee on Labor and Human
Resources and, therefore, the bill is not yet
scheduled for floor debate. President Clinton has
signaled he would veto this bill.

What This Vote Means:

Passage of this block grant bill by the House
confirms that the threat to federal education
programs, like Eisenhower, is very real. Next year,
when Congress reauthorizes the K-12 federal education
programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA), debate over permanent block grants---and
thus the elimination of targeted federal
programs---is certain to take front-and-center stage
in a Republican-led Congress.

Votes on the Dollars to the Classroom/Pitts bill fell
largely along party lines. Breaking ranks were five
Democrats who voted for the bill and 11 Republicans
who voted against it. According to Education Daily
(9/21/98), "GOP's leaders used Friday's debate as
another chance to rally their soldiers and portray
the federal involvement in education as bureaucratic
and wasteful."

As mentioned in the last update, Congress is scheduled
to adjourn October 9 so that members can return home
and campaign for the November election. The entire
House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate
are up for re-election.

Here is the breakdown of the House votes on the
Dollars to the Classroom/Pitts bill:

The following representatives voted FOR the Pitts bill.
(Democrats are designated in capital letters.)

Aderholt Gekas Packard
Archer Gibbons Pappas
Armey Gilchrest Paxon
Bachus Gillmor Peterson (PA)
Baker Gingrich Petri
Ballenger GOODE Pickering
Barr Goodlatte Pitts
Barrett (NE) Goodling Pombo
Bartlett Graham Porter
Barton Granger Portman
Bass Greenwood Radanovich
Bateman Gutknecht Redmond
Bereuter HALL (TX) Regula
Bilirakis Hansen Riley
Bliley Hastert Rogan
Blunt Hastings (WA) Rogers
Boehner Hayworth Rohrabacher
Bonilla Hefley Ros-Lehtinen
Bono Herger Roukema
Brady (TX) Hill Royce
Bryant Hilleary Ryun
Bunning Hobson Salmon
Burr Hoekstra Sanford
Buyer Horn Saxton
Callahan Hostettler Scarborough
Calvert Houghton Schaefer, Dan
Camp Hulshof Schaffer, Bob
Campbell Hunter Sensenbrenner
Canady Hutchinson Sessions
Cannon Hyde Shadegg
Castle Inglis Shaw
Chabot Istook Shays
Chambliss Jenkins Shimkus
Chenoweth Johnson, Sam Shuster
Christensen Jones Skeen
Coble Kasich Smith (MI)
Coburn Kim Smith (NJ)
Collins King (NY) Smith (OR)
Combest Kingston Smith (TX)
Cook Klug SMITH, ADAM
Cooksey Knollenberg Smith, Linda
Cox Kolbe Snowbarger
Crane LaHood Solomon
Crapo Largent Souder
Cubin Latham Spence
Cunningham LaTourette Stearns
Davis (VA) Lazio Stump
Deal Lewis (CA) Sununu
DeLay Lewis (KY) Talent
Diaz-Balart Linder Tauzin
Dickey Livingston TAYLOR (MS)
Doolittle LoBiondo Taylor (NC)
Dreier Lucas Thomas
Duncan Manzullo Thornberry
Dunn McCollum Thune
Ehlers McCrery Tiahrt
Ehrlich McHugh Upton
Emerson McInnis Walsh
English McIntosh Wamp
Ensign MCINTYRE Watkins
Everett McKeon Watts (OK)
Ewing Metcalf Weldon (FL)
Foley Miller (FL) Weldon (PA)
Forbes Moran (KS) Weller
Fossella Myrick White
Fowler Nethercutt Whitfield
Fox Neumann Wicker
Franks (NJ) Northup Wilson
Frelinghuysen Norwood Wolf
Gallegly Nussle Young (FL)
Ganske Oxley

The following representatives voted AGAINST the Pitts
bill. (Democrats are designated in capital letters.)

ABERCROMBIE GREEN NEAL
ACKERMAN GUTIERREZ Ney
ALLEN HALL (OH) OBERSTAR
ANDREWS HAMILTON OBEY
BAESLER HARMAN OLVER
BALDACCI HASTINGS (FL) ORTIZ
BARCIA HEFNER OWENS
BARRETT (WI) HILLIARD PALLONE
BECERRA HINCHEY PASCRELL
BENTSEN HINOJOSA PASTOR
BERMAN HOLDEN PAYNE
BERRY HOOLEY PELOSI
Bilbray HOYER PETERSON (MN)
BISHOP JACKSON (IL) PICKETT
BLUMENAUER JACKSON-LEE (TX) POMEROY
Boehlert JEFFERSON PRICE (NC)
BONIOR JOHN Quinn
BORSKI Johnson (CT) RAHALL
BOSWELL JOHNSON (WI) Ramstad
BOUCHER JOHNSON, E. B. RANGEL
BOYD KANJORSKI REYES
BRADY (PA) Kelly RIVERS
BROWN (FL) KENNEDY (MA) RODRIGUEZ
BROWN (OH) KENNEDY (RI) ROEMER
CAPPS KILDEE ROTHMAN
CARDIN KILPATRICK ROYBAL-ALLARD
CARSON KIND (WI) RUSH
CLAYTON KLECZKA SABO
CLEMENT KLINK SANDERS
CLYBURN KUCINICH SANDLIN
CONDIT LAFALCE SAWYER
CONYERS LAMPSON SCOTT
COSTELLO LANTOS SERRANO
COYNE Leach SHERMAN
CRAMER LEE SISISKY
CUMMINGS LEVIN SKAGGS
DANNER LEWIS (GA) SKELTON
DAVIS (FL) LIPINSKI SLAUGHTER
DAVIS (IL) LOFGREN SNYDER
DEGETTE LOWEY SPRATT
DELAHUNT LUTHER STABENOW
DELAURO MALONEY (CT) STARK
DEUTSCH MALONEY (NY) STENHOLM
DICKS MARKEY STRICKLAND
DINGELL MARTINEZ STUPAK
DIXON MASCARA TANNER
DOGGETT MATSUI TAUSCHER
DOOLEY MCCARTHY (MO) THOMPSON
DOYLE MCCARTHY (NY) THURMAN
EDWARDS MCDERMOTT TIERNEY
ENGEL MCGOVERN TOWNS
ESHOO MCHALE TRAFICANT
ETHERIDGE MCKINNEY TURNER
EVANS MCNULTY VELAZQUEZ
FARR MEEHAN VENTO
FATTAH MEEKS (NY) VISCLOSKY
FAZIO MENENDEZ WATERS
FILNER MILLENDER-MCDONALD WATT (NC)
FORD MINGE WAXMAN
FRANK (MA) MINK WEXLER
FROST MOAKLEY WEYGAND
FURSE MOLLOHAN WISE
GEJDENSON MORAN (VA) WOOLSEY
GEPHARDT Morella WYNN
Gilman MURTHA YATES
GORDON NADLER Young (AK)

The following representative voted PRESENT:
Paul

The following 24 representatives did not vote. Again,
Democrats are designated in capital letters.

BLAGOJEVICH KAPTUR Pease
BROWN (CA) KENNELLY POSHARD
Burton MANTON Pryce (OH)
CLAY McDade Riggs
DEFAZIO MEEK (FL) SANCHEZ
Fawell Mica SCHUMER
GONZALEZ MILLER (CA) STOKES
Goss Parker TORRES

For information on voting records of members of
Congress, go to

http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/voting.html

*******************************************************
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: JBECKER@SIU.EDU





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