Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves GOP Budget Plan, Turns Down Alternatives

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves GOP Budget Plan, Turns Down Alternatives

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Washington UPDATE: House Approves GOP Budget Plan, Turns Down Alternative.

The Republican-led House of Representatives recently approved a balanced-budget plan that recommends eliminating all federal funding for TRIO programs, Howard University and a variety of small higher education scholarship programs.

House members approved the bill by a largely party-line vote of 238 to 193, with eight conservative Democrats joining the GOP in voting for the measure. The plan, devised by Rep. John Kasich (R-OH), chairman of the House Budget Committee, calls for terminating 284 federal programs to balance the federal budget by the year 2002.

Many education advocates oppose Kasich's recommendations for programs such as TRIO, which helps recruit low-income and minority youth for college and university study. TRIO received $463 million this year and Howard University $206 million.

Other programs listed among the 284 include Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowships, Women and Minorities in Higher Education and State Student Incentive Grants. Another potentially far-reaching recommendation seeks to end the federal in-school interest subsidy on loans for students while they are in college.

Yet another recommendation would terminate President Clinton's Goals 2000 education program and cut Head Start back to its 1994 funding level, a $200-million decrease, and continue funding at that lower level through the start of the next century.

Prior to approving the GOP plan, the House turned down an alternative offered by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) that contained increases, not cuts, for many education programs. …

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