The Senate voted last week to extend the grant and loan program for school-asbestos control. The bill would authorize $200 million a year for the program and direct the Environmental Protection Agency to tell schools that they are not required to remove asbestos.
The House and Senate last week gave final approval to a bill that would increase the clout of workers who charge their employers with discrimination. President Bush has threatened to veto the measure.
Education of the Handicapped
The House last week gave final approval to a bill extending discretionary programs under the Education of the Handicapped Act, sending it to the President.
The Congress last week continued work on a five-year deficit-reduction package, and was scheduled to meet over the weekend. The House passed a temporary spending bill to keep the government in operation until Oct. 24. President Bush indicated he would sign it.
Indian Education Appropriations
The House last week approved a $1.78-billion Interior Department spending bill that includes $619.3 million for Indian-education programs. The Senate was expected to pass the measure late last week.
The Senate last week passed legislation to encourage school-age children and young adults to take part in community-service programs. The House was expected to pass the bill late last week or early this week.
In Other Agencies
The Agriculture Department announced in the Oct. 12 Federal Register that it will exempt some schools from school-breakfast regulations under a pilot paperwork-reduction program.