Week of July 7, 2003

For Immediate Release:

July 7, 2003

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» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of July 7, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

  • H.R. 2211 - Ready to Teach Act of 2003
  • H.R. 438 - Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2003
  • H.R.___- Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

Special Note: Please begin planning a "PrescriptionDrugTown HallMeeting" in your District for Saturday, July 19th as a part of the HOUSE DEMOCRATS' NATIONAL DAY OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS.  The House Democratic Leadership is encouraging all members to participate to increase national and local attention to Democrats' fight for seniors on this important issue.  A "How To" packet will be given to members on Wednesday morning at the Caucus meeting and will be delivered to each office.  Please see the attached Dear Colleague for details.


H.R. 2211 and H.R. 438

This week the House is expected to consider two non-controversial education bills.  Democrats will use the debate time for these bills to discuss the GOP's broken promises on education, as a prelude to the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education FY '04 appropriations debate later this week (see talking points below on fiscal year 2004 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill). 

Attached are two background documents on H.R. 438 and H.R. 2211 from the Education and Workforce Committee Democrats as general information or if you would like to highlight support for these non-controversial education bills.


H.R.___- Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

House Republicans have indicated they will bring the FY '04 Labor-HHS-Education bill to the Floor on Thursday, July 10th.  This inadequate funding bill was opposed by all Democrats on the Appropriations Committee on June 25th and by all Democrats on the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee on June 19th.  During the full committee markup, Republicans rejected a comprehensive Democratic substitute that would have restored funding to key programs.  

Of particular note, this bill fails to meet specific promises made by Republicans to increase funding for education programs.  Also, during this time of record unemployment, rising numbers of Americans without health insurance, and state budget cutbacks, this bill shortchanges critically needed programs. 

Attached is a detailed summary of these issues from the Appropriations Democratic Staff to assist you in doing press on the inadequacies of this bill and how Democrats are fighting to make the investments in education and health programs that Americans want and need.

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