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

Legislative Action

Regulatory Moratorium

S 219

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 6 to 5 last week to approve a bill that would place a moratorium on new federal regulations.

School Construction

HR 889

The Senate was expected to vote late last week on a $1.94 billion defense- spending bill that does not include $100 million in cuts to school-construction aid that the counterpart House bill would use to offset the new defense spending.

Line-Item Veto

HR 2, S 4, S 14

The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on March 2 approved two different measures that would give the President line-item-veto authority. Floor debate could begin this week.

Indian Programs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last week held two hearings, focusing on federal programs serving Native American youths and proposals for restructuring the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Fiscal 1996 Budget

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education continued hearings on the fiscal 1996 education budget.

Unfunded Mandates

HR 5, S 1

A House-Senate conference committee last week began ironing out differences between the two chambers' bills aiming to make it more difficult for Congress to impose unfunded mandates on states and localities.

Job Training

The House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Life-Long Learning held a hearing March 7 on proposals to reform job-training programs for disadvantaged youths.

The Education Department

Grant Priorities

Proposed Rules

The Education Department published a notice in the March 7 Federal Register proposing to give the Secretary of Education the authority to draft criteria for rating grant applications in lieu of drawing up regulations for certain programs. The proposal pertains only to fiscal 1995, for programs that "were newly enacted in, or substantially revised by," 1994 amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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