Federal News Roundup
The House Rules Committee has unanimously approved a proposal by Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, to create a "select committee on children, youth, and families" in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The proposed committee would monitor all legislation affecting children, a function that is not now being performed by any one committee. ''The fragmented jurisdictions of the House committee system make it virtually impossible to provide the comprehensive consideration of children's needs and problems," said Representative Miller.
The proposal is supported by 140 child-advocacy, business, labor, and law-enforcement groups, according to a spokesman for the Congressman's office. The spokesman said the full House is expected to vote on the bill in the next few weeks.
The children of 5.4 million families received free or reduced-priced lunches at school in 1981, according to a new study by the Census Bureau.
The median income of families receiving the benefits of the program, along with families receiving food stamps, Medicaid, or housing subsidies, was $8,025, the study said. This compares with a median income for all American families of $19,074.
The study found that the number of children receiving free or reduced-price lunches declined by 3 percent since 1980, but a spokesman said the decline should not be attributed to budget cuts or new regulations proposed by the Reagan Administration. The study covered the calendar year 1981, and the cuts did not take effect until Oct. 1 of that year, the spokesman said.