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Advocacy News from the National Down Syndrome Society: Senate IDEA Bill Pushed Closer to a Floor Vote

NDSS 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 amendment.

2. Senator Murray will offer an amendment concerning homeless students.

3. Senator Clinton plans to offer an amendment that would coordinate data on developmental disabilities.


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[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.

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