from the National Down Syndrome Society: Senate IDEA Bill Pushed
Closer to a Floor Vote
Parent/Family Information: Advocacy News from the National Down
Syndrome Society, November 18, 2003
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NDSS has heard that the Senate Reauthorization bill, S. 1248,
has been hotlined for a Senate vote. That means that they are
considering an agreement as to the number of amendments that
will be offered in addition to Senator Gregg’s amended bill.
The bill will go on the floor schedule once a final agreement is
reached as to the number of amendments and how much floor time
will be allocated. Any other amendments will have to relate to
the amendments that are in the agreement. Right now, both
parties have three specific amendments and are holding a place
for a fourth amendment.
1. Senator Gregg plans to offer an attorney’s fees amendment,
which we expect to limit the amount of attorney’s fees that will
be reimbursed to parents when they prevail.
2. Senator Gregg plans to offer a funding amendment. We have not
heard any details.
3. Senator Gregg plans to offer a paperwork reduction amendment,
possibly allowing some States to waive federal paperwork rules
if they submit their own plans.
1. Senator Harkin plans to offer a mandatory full funding
2. Senator Murray will offer an amendment concerning homeless
3. Senator Clinton plans to offer an amendment that would
coordinate data on developmental disabilities.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Go to www.Congress.org to
find all Congressional contact information.
[Special message for constituents of Senator Dayton (MN). He
plans to propose a mandatory full funding amendment. Please
thank him, but ask that he work with Senators Harkin and Hagel
on their amendment.
If you have questions or comments about this information sheet,
contact Patty Smith at
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mailing list, send name(s) and email address to
National Down Syndrome Society, 666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Phone: 800-221-4602; Fax: 212-979-2873; e-mail:
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Our mission is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their
families through national leadership in education, research and
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