Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
Special Education S 916
Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, introduced a bill last week that would extend for one year special-education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that are to expire in October, including a number of training and research programs and the program that aids disabled infants and toddlers. A comprehensive I.D.E.A. reauthorization bill is expected to be completed by next year.
The House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing last week on child-support enforcement. Both the welfare bill passed by the House and the counterpart bill pending in the Senate would fold child-welfare programs into block grants.
Immigration S 269
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration approved a bill last week designed to reduce legal and illegal immigration and cut legal immigrants' use of welfare programs.