House OKs 2007 Budget Hike for Education
Overdue bill advances just before president to unveil his 2008 request.
The House last week approved a long-awaited federal spending bill for fiscal 2007 that would provide a modest increase for the Department of Education, including extra money for Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The measure passed Jan. 31 by a vote of 286-140, including 57 Republicans and nearly all Democrats. It contains $57.5 billion for the Education Department for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
That would be a 1.7 percent increase over the fiscal 2006 allocation of more than $56.5 billion, excluding extra money provided in last year’s budget to help schools and students affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It would be a 5.6 percent increase over President Bush’s fiscal 2007 budget request of $54.4 billion for the department. The Senate could take up a...
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