What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : (H.R. 3644) Legislation authorizing funding for two programs intended to educate the public about water resources issues -- On an amendment to increase the amount of money authorized to be spent on both programs by 10% each year (2010 house Roll Call 140)
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(H.R. 3644) Legislation authorizing funding for two programs intended to educate the public about water resources issues -- On an amendment to increase the amount of money authorized to be spent on both programs by 10% each year
house Roll Call 140     Mar 19, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on an amendment offered to a bill authorizing funding for an environmental literacy grant program (which would educate the American public about water resources issues) and additional funding for an environmental education program "promoting stewardship" of coastal and marine resources for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The bill authorized as much money "as is necessary" to be spent on both programs.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), would authorize $13.2 million for the environmental literacy program in 2011, and increase that funding level by roughly 10% per year -- providing 19.3 million by 2015. The amendment would provide the same annual 10% increase in funding for the coastal and marine resources program, providing $10.7 million in 2011, and $15.6 million by 2015.

Capps urged support for her amendment: "…My amendment will authorize a gradual increase in authorized appropriations for fiscal years 2011 through 2015. This modest annual increase of 10 percent will allow for the responsible expansion of both programs to incorporate new regions that are not currently served…"

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) argued the amendment would prove too costly: "Is there no recognition that this country is over $12 trillion in debt? We are paying over $600 million a day in interest on the debt, and yet we continue to fund these programs at record levels, and giving them amazingly high increases without recognition of the fact that this body has got to make difficult decisions."

The House agreed to the Capps amendment by a vote of 233-178. 229 Democrats and 4 Republicans voted "yea." 167 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted "nay." As a result, the House agreed to an amendment to the water resources education bill increasing by 10% annually the amount of money authorized to be spent on programs funded by the legislation.

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