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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.


Legislative Action

Childhood Immunizations
HR 4238
The House Health and Environment Subcommittee last week approved a bill that would authorize $185 million for vaccines used in public clinics. This year, the program is to receive $156 million.

Dunne Nomination
The Senate March 9 approved the nomination of John R. Dunne to be the assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Pediatric AIDS
The House Budget Committee's task force on human resources last week held a hearing on pediatric aids. Witnesses said children with aids are posing a heavy financial burden on the health-care system.

Teacher Excellence
HR 4130, HR 3909, S 1675, S 1676
The House Education and Labor Committee last week held its initial hearing on legislation to improve teacher recruitment and training. (See page 19.)

In the Education Department

Special-Education Personnel
The Education Department has withdrawn plans to withhold $650,000 in personnel-training funds to give a second round of grants to five states. Instead, according to a notice in the March 6 Federal Register, the funds will be redistributed among all states. (See page 19.)

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