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as of 5 p.m. on May 11

Senate House

FIRST CONCURRENT BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL 1984 (H Con Res 91 and S Con Res 27). 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. Senate Budget Committee resolution allows $14.9 billion for the department. (A budget resolution does not have to be signed by the President.)Pending onSenate floorPassedMarch 24H Rep 98-41

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

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION REAUTHORIZATION (HR 2066, S 1024, S 1087). The Administration has proposed a measure that would authorize $1.29 billion for the foundation, with $39 million earmarked for science education. House bill, incorporating that request, was approved by the Science and Technology Committee on April 19 and is scheduled for a floor vote on May 12. Senate bill S 1024 was approved by the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on March 22; S 1087 was ordered reported by the Labor and Human Resources committee on May 6. S1024ReportedApril 12S Rep 98-58ReportedApril 26H Rep 98-73

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE EDUCATION. (HR 1310). House bill, passed March 2, would provide $425 million for improvement programs in schools and colleges, including a $250-million precollegiate block grant. S 1091, approved by the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee on May 11, would also provide $425 million, including a $205 million prcollegiate block grant, and a $30 million program for "partnerships" between schools and colleges, states, and businesses.OrderedReportedMay 11PassedMarch 2H Rep 98-6

DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS COMMODITIES (HR 1513, S 17). House bill, approved on March 10 by the Education and Labor Committee (H Rep 98-31), 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, 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 1008. Companion bills would amend the 1981 law that created the block-grants program and simplified the Chapter 1 program for disadvantaged children. Neither measure includes the Administration's proposal to change the definition of a "currently migratory" child for determining eligibility for the migrant-education portion of Chapter 1. OrderedReportedMay 5PassedApril 12H Rep 98-51

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.) HearingsUnder WayNo 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. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to mark-up the bill on May 17.Mark-upScheduledNo Action

EDUCATION VOUCHERS (HR 2397). Administration bill would amend Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act to permit school districts and/or state education agencies to turn Chapter 1 funds for the education of disadvantaged children over to parents to be spent at the schools of their choice.No Action

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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.

Vol. 02, Issue 34

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