What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Stearns of Florida amendment that would increase funding for certain educational programs by reducing grants to AmeriCorps/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 house Roll Call 647)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Stearns of Florida amendment that would increase funding for certain educational programs by reducing grants to AmeriCorps/On agreeing to the amendment
house Roll Call 647     Jul 18, 2007
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This vote was on an amendment by Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., that would boost funding for the TRIO Talent Search and Upward Bound programs and geriatric education programs, both by $12 million.  It would pay for this by decreasing, by an equal amount, funding for grants to AmeriCorps.  The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal 2008.

Stearns said the AmeriCorps program – a national public service program where members perform jobs ranging from education to environmental cleanup – has done a great job, and pointed out that the amount of money his amendment would take from its budget is small in comparison.  He said the TRIO programs are aimed at low-income, first-generation immigrant college students and that the country should do a better job at supporting them.
“TRIO is critical to our Nation’s commitment to advance educational opportunities at our colleges and universities and, as a result, obviously our Nation’s economic future,” Stearns said.  “Also across many districts like mine there are geriatric programs. Included in these programs are educational centers which provide crucial physician, dental and mental health training programs for the care of our seniors.”

By a vote of 182-242, the amendment was rejected.  All but 10 Democrats present voted against the amendment.  Of Republicans present, 172 voted for the amendment and 25 voted against it.  The end result is that the amendment that would have reduced AmeriCorps funding and increased funding for immigrant college students and the elderly was defeated.

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