What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : Reauthorizing the Head Start program (H.R. 1439/ Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) amendment to establish a pilot program to allow eight states to take over the federally funded early-childhood program (2007 house Roll Call 277)
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Reauthorizing the Head Start program (H.R. 1439/ Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) amendment to establish a pilot program to allow eight states to take over the federally funded early-childhood program
house Roll Call 277     May 02, 2007
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This vote was on an amendment to legislation to reauthorize the early-childhood development program Head Start through fiscal 2012. Proposed by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the amendment would have initiated a pilot program to allow eight states to "coordinate" their early-childhood development programs with Head Start, essentially allowing the states to take over the program with federal funds.

The bill to which Price was seeking to amend would authorize $7.4 billion in funding for fiscal 2008 and such sums as may be necessary through fiscal 2012. This legislation would only approve the spending, and the actual money would come from a separate appropriations bill.

Price called his amendment one "of expansion and educational opportunities for our young children." The amendment would have required that participating states ensure that participants receive services that are as good or better than those in the Head Start program, including health care, nutrition, mental health services as well as educational services.

Democrats charged that Price's amendment was nothing more than a cover to begin dismantling Head Start as a federal program.

"What this amendment would do would simply end Head Start in those eight states as we know it," Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said." There would be no requirement that those states would take the money that we have set aside, that we have worked hard to provide within the budget for the Head Start program, and use it to implement a program that is anything like Head Start."

Twenty-seven Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic majority in rejecting Price's proposal. Thus, on a vote of 165 to 254, the House defeated an attempt to create a pilot program to turn Head Start funding over to the states, and legislation to reauthorize the federal early-childhood program went forward without the provision.

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