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as of 5 p.m. on April 20


APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION, LABOR, AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR FISCAL 1984. The Administration proposes spending $13.2 billion for the Education Department. The Job Training Partnership Act, in the Labor Department, would be funded at $3.6 billion. The Head Start program, in the Department of Health and Human Services, would be funded at $1.05 billion.HearingsUnder WayHearingsUnder Way


APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND OTHER AGENCIES FOR FISCAL 1984. The Administration proposes spending $112.2 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $125 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, and $11.5 million for the Institute of Museum Services.HearingsUnder WayHearingsUnder Way


APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR FISCAL 1984. The Administration proposes spending $2.88 billion for child-nutrition programs, including $446.1 million for the school-lunch program.

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APPROPRIATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT AGENCIES FOR FISCAL 1984. The Administration would provide $20 million for precollegiate science and mathematics programs in the National Science Foundation.HearingsUnder WayHearingsUnder Way


FIRST CONCURRENT BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL 1984 (H Con Res 91). House resolution setting broad federal spending targets for the fiscal year 1984 allows $16.3 billion for the Education Department, $3.1 billion more than the Administration requested. The Senate Budget Committee began marking up its version of the resolution on April 6. (A budget resolution does not have to be signed by the President.)Mark-upUnder WayPassedMarch 24H Rep 98-41


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION REAUTHORIZATION (HR 2066). The Administration has proposed a measure that would authorize $1.29 billion for the foundation, with $39 million earmarked for science education. The bill was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on March 22 and is the subject of hearings in the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. HearingsUnder WayHearingsUnder Way


MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION. (HR 1310, S 706, S 530, and others) House bill, passed March 2, would provide $425 million for improvement programs in schools and colleges, including a $250-million precollegiate block grant. S 530, approved by the Senate education subcommittee on April 20 and pending in the full committee, would provide $400 million for grants to schools and colleges.HearingsUnder WayPassedMarch 2H Rep 98-6


DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS COMMODITIES (HR 1513, S 17). House bill, approved on March 10 by the Education and Labor Committee, would require the Agriculture Department to increase the variety and quantity of surplus food donated to schools and nonprofit organizations. Senate bill, approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on March 9 and pending on the Senate calendar, would permit the department greater discretion in distributing surplus commodities.ReportedMarch 9S Rep 98-21Pending inAgricultureCommittee


TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE EDUCATION CONSOLIDATION AND IMPROVEMENT ACT (HR 1035, S 112). Companion bills would amend the 1981 law that created the block-grants program and simplified the Chapter 1 program for disadvantaged children. A controversy over the bills' legislative-veto provision caused the President to refuse to approve a similar measure passed by the Congress in December 1982.Pending inLaborCommitteePassedApril 12H Rep 98-51


VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION REAUTHORIZATION (HR 14). The Administration has proposed consolidating the nine categorial vocational- and adult-education programs into a $500-million program, a plan that has been the subject of Senate hearings. House bill would extend indefinitely the authorization for the programs in their current form.HearingsUnder WayNo Action


SCHOOL PRAYER AMENDMENT Administration-sponsored Senate resolution would begin the process of amending the U.S. Constitution to permit organized prayer in public schools, with a provision that any student not desiring to participate in school-board sanctioned prayer could be exempted. (The measure must be passed by both chambers of Congress and ratified by the legislatures of 38 states.) No ActionNo Action


TUITION TAX CREDITS (S 528, HR 1730). Administration bill would provide a $100 maximum federal-income-tax credit for parents who pay private-school tuition. The amount of the credit would increase to $300 in three years. No ActionNo Action


bills enacted

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR JOBS FOR FISCAL 1983 (P.L. 98-8). Supplemental measure, signed on March 24, would provide $4.6 billion for jobs-related programs, including $200 million for education programs. The measure includes: $60 million for the impact-aid program, $50 million for public libraries, $40 million for removal of architectural barriers to the handicapped, and $50 million for energy-conservation programs.

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