Health and Education bill one step closer

OCTOBER 23RD, 2007 | TomHarkin

Earlier today the U.S. Senate gave its bi-partisan approval to the “Health and Education Bill” that I authored. As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to have authored this bill that makes so many critical investments in our home front.

The bill adds $1 billion to the National Institutes of Health budget, provides $450 million more to students with disabilities, allocates $200 million more to help children get a good start through the Head Start program and makes college more affordable by increasing the maximum Pell grant to $4,800 per year.

Through this bill we have shown the American people that they come first by pledging funds for new cancer research, educational assistance and top notch employment training. And in the interest of the American people, Senator Specter and I have promised a bipartisan bill that trumps personal interests. In an effort to see this promise through, we met the President halfway by removing the stem cell language and are hopeful that he will join us in this grand spirit of bipartisan compromise and sign this bill.

The huge bipartisan support of 79 Senators suggests that the Senate could override a veto, should the President choose to play politics with America ’s health and education. | digg this | stumble it! | share on facebook

On November 2nd, 2007 at 11:24 AM, Sam Miller wrote:

Please uphold President Bush’s veto of SCHIP legislation.

I think you have a good head on your shoulders and if you think it though you’ll see what is going on. Please don’t let us go to a National Health Care. You know SCHIP is one step closer to just that.

On November 14th, 2007 at 08:31 AM, gary Lindsey wrote:

Bush said he vetoed the bill because of the pork barrel projects. what are these projects?

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