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Providing new grant programs for early-career scientists and engineers (H.R. 363)/Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) amendment to authorize $281 million in scholarships for undergraduates specializing in science, technology, engineering or math
house Roll Call 255     Apr 24, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment to an education bill to authorize new grant programs for early-career scientists and engineers. Proposed by Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the amendment would authorize $281 million from in fiscal 2009 through 2013 to create a new scholarship program for undergraduates who are specializing in science, technology, engineering or math; whose family income is less than $75,000 per year; and who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

"I offer this bipartisan amendment to build the pipeline for our country's future teachers, scientists, engineers and researchers by proposing 2,500 scholarships each year of full tuition to any state university or college," Gillibrand said, adding, "having a home-grown, educated workforce will be crucially important to the future strength of America's economy."

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) said he while he is usually supportive of merit scholarships, the program Gillibrand proposed would be "duplicative" to an almost identical program within the Department of Education. The president's 2008 budget requested $1.2 billion for that program, Hall said, adding: "We don't need to add another $281 million scholarship program at another agency that achieves essentially the exact same thing."

Democratic support for Gillibrand's amendment was unanimous, however, and 26 Republicans joined them in voting to approve the measure. Thus, on a vote of 254 to 165, the House approved an amendment to education legislation aiming to foster math and science education and research that would create a $281 million scholarship program available to students who specialize in science, technology, engineering or math.

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