What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Disabled : A vote on a Democratic procedural motion to waive Senate budget rules preventing consideration of a Democratic amendment to S. 1248 (legislation reauthorizing the main federal law for the nation's 6.5 million-plus disabled students) that would make $2.2 billion in annual increases over the next six years to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (2004 senate Roll Call 93)
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A vote on a Democratic procedural motion to waive Senate budget rules preventing consideration of a Democratic amendment to S. 1248 (legislation reauthorizing the main federal law for the nation's 6.5 million-plus disabled students) that would make $2.2 billion in annual increases over the next six years to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
senate Roll Call 93     May 12, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) sponsored an amendment that would make $2.2 billion in annual increases over the next six years to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). He offered his amendment to S. 1248, legislation that would reauthorize the main federal law for the nation's 6.5 million-plus disabled students. Harkin said without his amendment, at current funding levels, it will take another 20 years to fund the Act at even half of what it is supposed to be. "It is time for Congress to deliver on a promise it made almost 30 years ago," said Harkin. "Children with disabilities, their parents, schools and teachers have waited long enough." Conservatives objected to the Harkin amendment on the grounds it did not carry offsetting spending cuts for the federal funding it would have required. Supporters fell four votes short, 56-41, of the 60 votes required by Senate rules to waive the Budget Act requirement for such spending offsets. Instead, the Senate adopted, 96-1, a competing amendment by Gregg that would authorize discretionary funding to reach the 40 percent mark by 2011, a provision similar to the House bill. The Gregg amendment would authorize $12.4 billion for IDEA grants in fiscal 2005. "To set up a mandatory account is a mistake, especially when you are running a deficit," Gregg said.

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