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Article of Interest - IDEA Reauthorization

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Bridges4Kids LogoU.S. House Appoints IDEA Reauthorization Conference Committee
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On October 8, 2004 the U.S. House of Representatives appointed a 14 member conference committee to negotiate the IDEA reauthorization bill differences with the Senate conferees. The House conferees included a mixture of representatives from the Education and Workforce Committee, Judiciary Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. It is expected that those from Judiciary will focus on procedural safeguards and those from Energy and Commerce will focus on Medicaid issues contained in the bill.

With the appointment of conferees both bodies have signaled a desire to complete the negotiations during this session of Congress, so they don't have to start the reauthorization process anew in 2005. The U.S. House and Senate have adjourned until November 15, 2004, at which time a "lame duck" session will convene to address a variety of unfinished business. A "lame duck" session is held after a national election, but before terms of newly elected Representatives and Senators begin.

The House Conferees are listed below. To find contact information go to

From the Education and Workforce Committee:

1. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
2. Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
3. Rep Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)
4. Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL)
5. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
6. Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
7. Rep. Lynn Woosey (D-CA)
8. Rep. Major Owens (D-NY)

From the Judiciary Committee:

9. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI)
10. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
11. Rep John Conyers (D-MI)

From the Energy and Commerce Committee:

12. Rep. Joe Burton (R-TX)
13. Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL)
14. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)

During the last week of September, the Senate appointed all members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to the joint House-Senate Conference Committee. These members are as follows. To find contact information go to

1. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)
2. Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
3. Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)
4. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
5. Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO)
6. Sen. Mike Dewine (R-OH)
7. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
8. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
9. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
10. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC)
11. Sen. John W. Warner (R-VA)
12. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
13. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)
14. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
15. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
16. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
17. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
18. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
19. Sen. John R. Edwards (D-NC)
20. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
21. Sen. James M. Jeffords (I-VT)


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