What: All Issues : Labor Rights : H.R. 2210. Head Start Reauthorization/Vote on Democratic Version of Head Start Legislation Which, In Contrast to the Republican Bill, Would Not Allow Religious Groups That Participate in the Head Start Program from Using Religion as a Factor When Hiring New Teachers And Would Maintain the Federal Government's Power in Determining How Federal Head Start Money Should Be Spent. (2003 house Roll Call 442)
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H.R. 2210. Head Start Reauthorization/Vote on Democratic Version of Head Start Legislation Which, In Contrast to the Republican Bill, Would Not Allow Religious Groups That Participate in the Head Start Program from Using Religion as a Factor When Hiring New Teachers And Would Maintain the Federal Government's Power in Determining How Federal Head Start Money Should Be Spent.
house Roll Call 442     Jul 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on legislation to reauthorize spending on Head Start-a federal program which provides early childhood education to over 900.000 low-income children-Congressman Miller (D-CA) offered a substitute bill on behalf of the minority party which addressed two major concerns voiced by Democrats over the Republican-drafted Head Start reauthorization bill. Democrats, including Progressives, opposed language in the Republican bill which would allow religious organizations that participate in the Head Start program to use religion as a factor when assessing the job qualifications of new teachers. In the view of Progressives, judging applicants' qualifications based in part on their religion was discriminatory. Progressives also opposed another provision in the Republican bill which would create an eight-state pilot program in which those eight states would receive federal funds and be allowed to use those funds as they saw fit. Progressives viewed the pilot program as a de facto block grant which intended to devolve federal power to the states and thereby reduce the role of the federal government in determining how Head Start money should be spent. Progressives voted in favor of the Democratic version of the reauthorization bill because it did not include the two provisions described above which they opposed. On a vote of 200-229, the Democratic substitute bill was defeated.

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