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Education-Related Panels in the 106th Congress

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Chairman Bill Goodling, Pa.  
Members
Staff Contacts Vic Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris, Minority
(202) 226-2068
Education and the Workforce
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families
www.house.gov/eeo/mem-ecyf.htm
Relevant jurisdiction:
Measures related to precollegiate education, meal programs, Head Start, adult basic education, dependent schools, education research, substance-abuse education, and programs related to arts and humanities.
Chairman Michael N. Castle, Del.
Members
Staff Contacts Sally Lovejoy, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris, Minority
(202) 226-2068
Education and the Workforce
Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Life-Long Learning
www.house.gov/eeo/members/mem-pet.htm
Relevant jurisdiction:
Most higher education legislation, student financial assistance, vocational education and job training, domestic volunteer programs, library services, and construction.
Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Calif.
Members
Staff Contacts Sally Stroup, George Conant, Pam Davidson, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris, Minority
(202) 226-2068
Education and the Workforce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
www.house.gov/eeo/members/mem-oi.htm
Relevant jurisdiction:
All matters related to oversight and investigations of activities of education, human services, and workplace-policy departments and agencies.
Chairman Peter Hoekstra, Mich.
Members
Staff Contacts Vic Klatt, Majority
(202) 225-4527
June Harris, Minority
(202) 226-2068
Budget Committee
www.house.gov/budget/
Relevant jurisdiction:
Develops budget resolutions, advises Appropriations Committee on spending for education, training, and social services programs.
Chairman John R. Kasich, Ohio
Members
Staff Contacts Linda Emery, Majority
(202) 226-7270
Sandy Clark, Sara Abernathy, Minority
(202) 226-7200
Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
www.house.gov/appropriations/sub.htm
Relevant jurisdiction:
Appropriations for the Education Department, the Head Start program in Health and Human Services, the Job Training Partnership Act program in the Labor Department, and related agencies.
Chairman John Edward Porter, Ill.
Members
Staff Contacts Susan Firgh, Tony McCann, Majority
(202) 225-3508
Cheryl Smith, Mark Mioduski, Minority
(202) 225-3481
Senate
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
www.senate.gov/~labor/
Relevant jurisdiction:
Authorizing committee on issues relating to early childhood, K-12, and higher education and related matters.
Chairman James M. Jeffords, Vt.
Members
Staff Contacts Sherry Kaiman, Majority
(202) 224-6770
Danica Petroshius, Minority
(202) 224-5501
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Children and Families
www.senate.gov/~labor/subcom/body_subcom.htm
Relevant jurisdiction:
Issues relating to child abuse and neglect, child care, the Head Start and Healthy Start programs, foster care, adoption, family and medical leave, and community services
Chairman Judd Gregg, N.H
Members
Staff Contacts Denzel McGuire, Majority
(202) 224-5800
Suzanne Day, Minority
(202) 224-5630
Budget Committee
www.senate.gov/~budget/
Relevant jurisdiction:
Budget resolutions, and advising Appropriations Committee on spending for education and social-service programs.
Chairman Pete V. Domenici, N.M
Members
Staff Contacts Lisa Cieplak, Majority
(202) 224-0564
Amy Abraham, Minority
(202) 224-0559
Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
www.senate.gov/~appropriations/labor/
Relevant jurisdiction:
Spending for the Education Department and most precollegiate programs, Health and Human Services, Head Start program, Labor Department, including Job Corps, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and related agencies.
Chairman Arlen Specter, Pa.
Members
Staff Contacts Aura Dunn, Majority
(202) 224-7230
Ellen Murray, Minority
(202) 224-7288

1999 Legislative Highlights

ESEA: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the main federal law for K-12 programs, is up for reauthorization this year. President Clinton and members of Congress are now writing plans to revamp or overhaul programs within the ESEA such as Title I, impact aid, the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and bilingual education. The Department of Education's legislative proposal is expected to be released this month, and congressional Republicans are expected to announce their proposals in coming weeks. 

Fiscal 2000 Budget: The House and the Senate have passed their respective, nonbinding budget resolutions, which call for increases in spending on K-12 education. In February, President Clinton released an appropriations proposal that would increase Department of Education spending for discretionary programs by 3.6 percent, from $33.5 billion to $34.7 billion. House and Senate appropriators will write their own spending plans in coming months, and GOP members hope to drastically increase funding for special education state grants. Fiscal 2000 begins Oct. 1, meaning final appropriations bills or a continuing resolution must be passed by that deadline.

'Ed-Flex': The House and the Senate have passed competing versions of a bill to expand the Educational Flexibility Partnership Act, which releases qualifying states and districts from some federal rules in exchange for greater accountability. At issue is a GOP-backed amendment in the Senate version that would allow states to use $1.2 billion in fiscal 1999 funding for either class-size reduction--a priority of President Clinton's--or special education programs. A conference committee will meet in coming weeks to work out a compromise bill.

School Construction: The House and the Senate are considering 11 plans to offer federal aid to help build new schools and modernize existing ones. In addition to the president's five-year, $3.7 billion proposal to help districts pay the interest on construction bonds, several Republicans have proposed plans that would amend the federal tax code to help reduce construction costs.

'Dollars to the Classroom' Act: The House GOP omnibus education bill, HR 2, would encourage federal and state officials to channel 95 percent of federal K-12 funds to the classroom level. During the ESEA reauthorization, the GOP is expected to advance block-grant plans, including a plan that would combine funding for 31 education programs.

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