Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.
The Congress was expected late last week to approve a child-care bill that has been attached as a rider to a budget measure. Earlier in the week, a conference committee altered the child-care provision in order to direct more funds to early-childhood-education and "latchkey" programs. (See page 22.)
The Senate last week failed by one vote to override President Bush's veto of a civil-rights bill that would have made it easier for workers to prevail in job-discrimination cases. The 66-to-34 vote effectively killed the measure for this Congressional session.
The Senate on Oct. 19 approved a conference report to a bill that would strip public schools and colleges of their immunity from copyright lawsuits. The House was to consider the conference report late last week.
The Senate last week approved legislation to extend the Education Department's dropout-prevention program.
HR 5835, HR 5257
The Congress was expected to vote late last week on a budget-reconciliation bill following an agreement between White House and Congressional leaders on tax provisions. Earlier, the House voted 335 to 74 to accept the conference report to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. The Senate was expected to approve that bill late last week. (See page 20.)
H Con Res 381, HR 4151
The Congress has approved a resolution to clarify that recipients of funds under the Head Start program may offer services for the full day and full year. The resolution was to be added to a separate bill reauthorizing Head Start and other human-services programs.
The House last week approved a conference agreement on legislation to authorize federal funding for the Taft Institute, which runs seminars on government for precollegiate teachers.
The House voted 235 to 186 last week to give final approval to a bill to encourage schoolchildren and young adults to take part in community-service programs. The Senate passed the bill earlier. President Bush is expected to sign the measure.
The House and Senate last week approved by a voice vote a bill that would require colleges and universities to furnish students with statistics on campus crime and on the graduation rates of student-athletes. Schools that refused to comply would stand to lose some federal funding.
Vol. 10, Issue 9