Friday, May 15, 2009

Pete Sessions votes against modernizing public schools

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act. The bill passed 275-155 on a near-party line vote, with most Democrats voting in favor, and all but 24 Republicans voting against. (See Roll No. 259).

On Monday, the bill was referred to the Senate committee, where it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

The bill provides $6 billion to upgrade the nation's public schools, with special emphasis on "green" building technology. Read about how the nation's schools will benefit in the following articles:

Plan for green schools advances (South Dakota)

School Libraries to Benefit from Green Schools Bill (School Library Journal)

KY Rep’s Green Schools Bill Passes House, (WFPL News)

Party of No: ‘No’ to school improvements (North Carolina)

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