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

The Education Department Statistics Advisory Council Call for Nominations

The Education Department in the Jan. 23 Federal Register called for nominations for its newly expanded Advisory Council on Education Statistics. Slated to replace the current seven-member advisory board, the new council will have 18 members who range from practicing educators and members of the general public to experts in educational measurement. Nominations are due Feb. 10.

Legislative Action FY 1995 Budget

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior held a hearing last week on funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Among those offering testimony were former n.e.h. director Lynne V. Cheney and former N.E.A. director William J. Bennett.

Social Security

The House Human Resources Subcommittee was scheduled to hold a hearing late last week on the Supplemental Security Income program, part of which gives cash payments to poor families with disabled children. The panel was expected to discuss a proposal to replace cash payments with vouchers for services in light of allegations of abuse in the program.

Budget Reforms

The House last week passed a bill, by a 300-132 vote, to add a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Senate plans to take up the issue this week. The Senate continued debate last last week on a bill that would restrict unfunded federal mandates. The House plans to debate the issue this week. Also last week, the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee began marking up presidential line-item veto legislation.

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