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HOUSE

Education and the Workforce Committee

http://www.house.gov/eeo

Relevant jurisdiction:

Authorizing committee on issues relating to elementary and secondary, vocational, and higher education, early childhood programs, and related matters.

Republicans Democrats
Bill Goodling, Pa.
Tom Petri, Wis.
Marge Roukema, N.J.
Harris W. Fawell, Ill.
Cass Ballenger, N.C.
Bill Barrett, Neb.
Peter Hoekstra, Mich.
Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Calif.
Michael N. Castle, Del.
Sam Johnson, Texas
James M. Talent, Mo.
James C. Greenwood, Pa.
Joe Knollenberg, MIch.
Frank Riggs, Calif.
Lindsey Graham, S.C.
Mark E. Souder, Ind.
David M. McIntosh, Ind.
Charlie Norwood, Ga.
Ron Paul, Texas
Bob Schaffer, Colo.
John E. Peterson, Pa.
Fred Upton, Mich.
Nathan Deal, Ga.
Van Hilleary, Tenn.
Joe Scarborough, Fla.
William L. Clay, Mo.
George Miller, Calif.
Dale E. Kildee, Mich.
Matthew G. Martinez, Calif.
Major R. Owens, N.Y.
Donald M. Payne, N.J.
Patsy T. Mink, Hawaii
Robert E. Andrews, N.J.
Tim Roemer, Ind.
Robert C. Scott, Va.
Lynn Woolsey, Calif.
Carlos Romero-Barcel¢, P.R.
Chaka Fattah, Pa.
Earl Blumenauer, Ore.
Ruben Hinojosa, Texas
Carolyn McCarthy, N.Y.
John F. Tierney, Mass.
Ron Kind, Wis.
Loretta Sanchez, Calif.
Harold E. Ford Jr., Tenn.
Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio
Staff Contacts
Victor Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris and Alex Nock, Minority
(202) 226-2068

Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families

Relevant jurisdiction:

Measures related to elementary and secondary education, meal programs, Head Start, adult basic education, special education, education research, substance-abuse education, and programs related to arts and humanities.

Republicans Democrats
Frank Riggs, Calif.
Michael N.Castle, Del.
Sam Johnson, Texas
Mark E. Souder, Ind.
Ron Paul, Texas
Bill Goodling, Pa.
James C. Greenwood, Pa.
David M. McIntosh, Ind.
John E. Peterson, Pa.
Fred Upton, Mich.
Van Hilleary, Tenn.
Matthew G. Martinez, Calif.
George Miller, Calif.
Dale E. Kildee, Mich.
Major R. Owens, N.Y.
Donald M. Payne, N.J.
Patsy T. Mink, Hawaii
Tim Roemer, Ind.
Robert C. Scott, Va.
Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio
Staff Contacts
Victor Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris and Alex Nock, Minority
(202) 226-2068

Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Life-Long Learning

Relevant jurisdiction:

Most higher education legislation, student financial assistance, vocational education and job training, domestic volunteer programs, library services, and construction.

Republicans Democrats
Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Calif.
Bill Goodling, Pa.
Tom Petri, Wis.
Marge Roukema, N.J.
Bill Barrett, Neb.
James C. Greenwood, Pa.
Lindsey Graham, S.C.
David M. McIntosh, Ind.
Bob Schaffer, Colo.
John E. Peterson, Pa.
Michael N. Castle, Del.
Frank Riggs, Calif.
Mark E. Souder, Ind.
Fred Upton, Mich.
Nathan Deal, Ga.
Dale E. Kildee, Mich.
Robert E. Andrews, N.J.
Tim Roemer, Ind.
Lynn Woolsey, Calif.
Carlos Romero-Barcel¢, P.R.
Chaka Fattah, Pa.
Ruben Hinojosa, Texas
Carolyn McCarthy, N.Y.
John F. Tierney, Mass.
Ron Kind, Wis.
Loretta Sanchez, Calif.
Harold E. Ford Jr., Tenn.
Staff Contacts
Victor Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
David Evans and Marshall Grigsby, Minority
(202) 226-2068

Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Relevant jurisdiction:

All matters related to oversight and investigations of activities of education, human services, and workplace-policy departments and agencies.

Republicans Democrats
Peter Hoekstra, Mich.
Charlie Norwood, Ga.
Van Hilleary, Tenn.
Joe Scarborough, Fla.
Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Calif.
Harris W. Fawell, Ill.
Patsy T. Mink, Hawaii
Ron Kind, Wis.
Loretta Sanchez, Calif.
Harold E. Ford Jr., Tenn.
Staff Contacts
Victor Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris and Alex Nock, Minority
(202) 226-2068

Budget Committee

http://www.house.gov/budget/

Relevant jurisdiction:

Budget resolutions and advising Appropriations Committee on spending for education, training, and social services programs.

Republicans Democrats
John R. Kasich, Ohio
David L. Hobson, Ohio
Christopher Shays, Conn.
Wally Herger, Calif.
Jim Bunning, Ky.
Lamar Smith, Texas
Dan Miller, Fla.
Bob Franks, N.J.
Nick Smith, Mich.
Bob Inglis, S.C.
Susan Molinari, N.Y.**
Jim Nussle, Iowa
Peter Hoekstra, Mich.
John Shadegg, Ariz.
George P. Radanovich, Calif.
Charles F. Bass, N.H.
Mark W. Neumann, Wis.
Mike Parker, Miss.
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Md.
Gil Gutknecht, Minn.
Van Hilleary, Tenn.
Kay Granger, Texas
John E. Sununu, N.H.
Joseph R. Pitts, Pa.
John M. Spratt Jr., S.C.
Jim McDermott, Wash.
Alan B. Mollohan, W.Va.
Jerry F. Costello, Ill.
Patsy T. Mink, Hawaii
Earl Pomeroy, N.D.
Lynn Woolsey, Calif.
Lucille Roybal-Allard, Calif.
Lynn Rivers, Mich.
Lloyd Doggett, Texas
Bennie Thompson, Miss.
Benjamin L. Cardin, Md.
Scotty Baesler, Ky.
David Minge, Minn.
Ken Bentsen, Texas
Jim Davis, Fla.
Brad Sherman, Calif.
Bob Weygand, R.I.
Eva Clayton, N.C.
Staff Contacts
Adrien MacGillivray, Majority
(202) 226-7270
Shelley Amdur, Minority
(202) 226-7200

Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

http://www.house.gov/appropriations/

Relevant jurisdiction:

Appropriations for the Education Department, the Head Start program in the Health and Human Services Department, Labor Department, including Job Corps, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and related agencies.

Republicans Democrats
John Edward Porter, Ill.
C.W. Bill Young, Fla.
Henry Bonilla, Texas
Ernest Istook Jr., Okla.
Dan Miller, Fla.
Jay Dickey, Ark.
Roger Wicker, Miss.
Anne M. Northup, Ky.
David R. Obey, Wis.
Louis Stokes, Ohio
Steny H. Hoyer, Md.
Nancy Pelosi, Calif.
Nita M. Lowey, N.Y.
Rosa DeLauro, Conn.
Staff Contacts
Tony McCann, Majority
(202) 225-3508
Cheryl Smith and Mark Mioduski, Minority
(202) 225-3481

SENATE

Labor and Human Resources Committee

http://www.senate.gov/labor/

Relevant jurisdiction:

Most elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education issues, including student loans and early-childhood development; welfare; arts and humanities; and labor standards.

Republicans Democrats
James M. Jeffords, Vt.
Daniel R. Coats, Ind.
Judd Gregg, N.H.
Bill Frist, Tenn.
Mike DeWine, Ohio
Michael B. Enzi, Wyo.
Tim Hutchinson, Ark.
Susan M. Collins, Maine
John W. Warner, Va.
Mitch McConnell, Ky.
Edward M. Kennedy, Mass.
Christopher J. Dodd, Conn.
Tom Harkin, Iowa
Barbara A. Mikulski, Md.
Jeff Bingaman, N.M.
Paul Wellstone, Minn.
Patty Murray, Wash.
Jack Reed, R.I.
Staff Contacts
Susan Hatten, Majority
(202) 224-6770
Marianna Pierce, Minority
(202) 224-5501

Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Children and Families

Relevant jurisdiction:

Issues relating to public and private schools, choice, higher education, child abuse and neglect, child care, the Head Start and Healthy Start programs, foster care, and adoption.

Republicans Democrats
Daniel R. Coats, Ind.
Judd Gregg, N.H.
Bill Frist, Tenn.
Tim Hutchinson, Ark.
Susan M. Collins, Maine
Mitch McConnell, Ky.
James M. Jeffords, Vt. (ex officio)
Christopher J. Dodd, Conn.
Jeff Bingaman, N.M.
Paul Wellstone, Minn.
Patty Murray, Wash.
Jack Reed, R.I.
Edward M. Kennedy, Mass.
Staff Contacts
Townsend Lange, Majority
(202) 224-1133
Suzanne Day, Minority
(202) 224-5630

Budget Committee

http://www.senate.gov/budget/

Relevant jurisdiction:

Budget resolutions and advising Appropriations Committee on spending for education and social services programs.

Republicans Democrats
Pete V. Domenici, N.M.
Charles E. Grassley, Iowa
Don Nickles, Okla.
Phil Gramm, Texas
Christopher S. Bond, Mo.
Slade Gorton, Wash.
Judd Gregg, N.H.
Olympia J. Snowe, Maine
Spencer Abraham, Mich.
Bill Frist, Tenn.
Rod Grams, Minn.
Gordon H. Smith, Ore.
Frank R. Lautenberg, N.J.
Ernest F. Hollings, S.C.
Kent Conrad, N.D.
Paul S. Sarbanes, Md.
Barbara Boxer, Calif.
Patty Murray, Wash.
Ron Wyden, Ore.
Russell D. Feingold, Wis.
Tim Johnson, S.D.
Richard J. Durbin, Ill.
Staff Contacts
Lisa Cieplak, Majority
(202) 224-0564
Amy Abraham, Minority
(202) 224-0559

Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

http://www.senate.gov/appropriations/

Relevant jurisdiction:

Appropriations for the Education Department and most elementary and secondary programs, the Head Start program in the Health and Human Services Department, Labor Department, including Job Corps, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and related agencies.

Republicans Democrats
Arlen Specter, Pa.
Thad Cochran, Miss.
Slade Gorton, Wash.
Christopher S. Bond, Mo.
Judd Gregg, N.H.
Lauch Faircloth, N.C.
Larry E. Craig, Idaho
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas
Tom Harkin, Iowa
Ernest F. Hollings, S.C.
Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii
Dale Bumpers, Ark.
Harry Reid, Nev.
Herb Kohl, Wis.
Patty Murray, Wash.
Staff Contacts
Bettilou Taylor, Majority
(202) 224-7216
Marsha Simon, Minority
(202) 224-7288

This Year's Education-Related Federal Legislation at a Glance

Fiscal 1998 Budget--Congress has passed a nonbinding resolution setting broad spending goals and listing specific education programs it intends to fund in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the plan, which has President Clinton's approval, Congress calls for providing a $35 billion tax break for higher education costs over the next five years and raising the Pell Grant student-aid award from $2,700 to $3,000 next year. It also supports funding Mr. Clinton's America Reads literacy-tutoring initiative with $260 million next year and raising education spending by $3 billion or more next year. Specific funding levels will be set by congressional appropriators, starting in the House this month. Tax-break language would be included in separate bills this summer. ("Lawmakers Move on 1998 Funding Increases for Education," May 28, 1997.)

Higher Education--Both the House and Senate have held hearings on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which includes financial-aid and teacher-preparation programs. But neither chamber is planning to write a bill before this fall. ("Only Minor Rewriting Seen For Higher Ed. Act," Feb. 5, 1997.)

National Testing--The Department of Education is spending money to develop a voluntary national assessment of 4th graders' reading skills and 8th graders' math knowledge. The test is on track to be administered in 1999. Republicans in Congress are trying to block the department from spending money on test development in the future. So far, their attempts have been thwarted by procedural rules. ("Rep. Goodling Fails To Block Funding for New Tests," May 21, 1997.)

Special Education--On June 4, President Clinton signed a bill amending the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The new law will rework the program's funding formula once the federal contribution rises to $4.9 billion, and will allow school districts to reduce their special education spending when the federal contribution passes $4.1 billion. The reauthorization also requires states to set up voluntary mediation systems for settling disputes over a disabled student's education. ("House, Senate Easily Approve Spec. Ed. Bill," May 21, 1997.)

Vocational Education--The House Early Childhood, Youth, and Families Subcommittee has begun hearings on reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. Rep. Frank Riggs, R-Calif., the panel's chairman, plans to put his proposal up for a vote in the House this summer. The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee also may take up its vocational education bill this month. ("Hearing Seeks To Put Focus on Integrating Academics, Voc. Ed.," May 28, 1997.)

For more information on Congress:

Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Office of Legislative Information (LEGIS): (202) 225-1772

On the Internet: http://thomas.loc.gov/

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