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 Article of Interest - IDEA Reauthorization

Update as of April 25 on U.S. House and Senate action on HR 1350 (on IDEA Reauthorization)
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In the House:

Rules Committee will be meeting on 4/29:
The bill is scheduled to be considered by the House Rules Committee on April 29. All amendments that Members want to offer are due to that Committee by 3:00 p.m. on the 29th. The House has a "rule" for bills that go to the floor. The purported reason is to avoid lengthy and unproductive debate and delays. However, the House Rules Committee is one of the most partisan Committees on the Hill, so whatever party is in power has the power to control what gets to the floor and what amendments will be considered. The "rule" established for floor debate on H.R. 1350 is a "modified closed rule". This means that there could be some amendments permitted, but only those approved by the Rules Committee. Here is the link to the Rules Committee page that explains the process for H.R. 1350 http://www.house.gov/rules/108announce_1350.htm.  Here is a list of Rules Committee Members. There are more than 2 times as many
Republicans on the Committee as Democrats.

Republicans:
DAVID DREIER, CA - CHAIRMAN
PORTER GOSS, FL - Vice Chairman
JOHN LINDER, GA
DEBORAH PRYCE, OH
LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART, FL
DOC HASTINGS, WA
SUE MYRICK, NC
PETE SESSIONS, TX (He is the major sponsor of the Family Opportunity Act)
TOM REYNOLDS, NY

Democrats:
MARTIN FROST, TX - Ranking Minority Member
JAMES P. McGOVERN, MA
ALCEE HASTINGS, FL
LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER, NY

Floor Action 4/30-May 1

The Majority Whip has sent out a notice that floor action on H.R. 1350 will be on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1.

White House: The CCD Education Task Force co-chairs met with two individuals at the White House on the House bill earlier this week. White House staff indicated to them that the House bill tracks the report of the Special Ed Commission and that it meets WH Principles for IDEA reauthorization. It was reported that the WH showed some interest in two issues -- more funding for personnel prep and short-term objectives/three-year v. one-year IEP.

Senate:

Still working together. Republicans presenting something to Democrats likely this week. Democrats have time for response -- what happens will determine if there is a bipartisan bill in Senate.
 
Kathleen H. McGinley, Ph.D.
Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
202-408-9514, ext. 102

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