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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Positive Perkins Reauthorization Bill

Magazine article Techniques

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Positive Perkins Reauthorization Bill

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On February 1, 2005, the Senate re-introduced its version of legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998. The bill, S. 250, was titled the "Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2005," and reflected strong bipartisan input and support. It was nearly identical to the bill passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last summer in the 108th Congress (S. 2686).

The sponsor of the bill was Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and co-sponsors included Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Christopher Dodd, (D-Conn.), Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.).

The bill was considered and passed on a unanimous voice vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on March 9, 2005, and moved quickly to consideration by the full Senate. S. 250 was debated on the floor of the Senate on March 10, 2005, and was passed that afternoon by a vote of 99-0 (Sen. Clinton was out of town and unable to vote). …

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