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

Legislative Action

Alexander Nomination

Confirmation Hearing
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a hearing last week on the nomination of Lamar Alexander to be Secretary of Education. The former Tennessee Governor testified that one of his first moves as Secretary of Education would be to rescind a controversial policy statement that declared most scholarships reserved for members of minority groups illegal and then to review the issue. He was the only witness to appear before the panel. (See page 25.)

Civil Rights

HR 1
The House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights held a hearing last week on the Civil Rights Act of 1991; John R. Dunne, assistant attorney general for civil rights, testified.

Higher Education

HR 795
Representative Silvio O. Conte, Republican of Massachusetts, last week introduced a bill that would establish a commission to monitor higher education and provide grants to states to create innovative higher-education programs.

Martin Nomination

Senate Action
The Senate last week unanimously confirmed Lynn Martin as the Bush Administration's new Secretary of Labor. Ms. Martin succeeds Elizabeth Dole, who resigned last fall to head the American Red Cross.

Student Loans

HR 907
Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, last week introduced a bill that would amend the Student Loan Default Initiative Act to require the Education Department to accept state-approved methods of determining a student's ability-to-benefit from postsecondary study.


Teacher Funds

S 320
Senator Claiborne Pell, Democrat of Rhode Island, last week introduced the "national teacher act," which includes loan forgiveness for teachers, teacher-enhancement programs, and demonstration projects designed to study and improve teaching methods.

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