Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves Current-Year Budget Cuts

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves Current-Year Budget Cuts

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Washington UPDATE: House Approves Current-year Budget Cuts.

by Charles Dervarics

A divided U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill chopping $1.7 billion from previously approved spending bills for 1995, with education and human service programs among those most affected by the plan.

Support for student aid, TRIO, Goals 2000 and child-nutrition programs would fall under the plan, which was approved by a 217-to-200 vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, where some observers say the plan may face a tougher test.

Most members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposed the House plan, saying it cuts the safety net for many disadvantaged families. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH) noted the plan cuts summer jobs for 1.2 million youth.

"This action leaves over 1 million young people on the streets in our inner cities and rural areas with missed opportunities, lack of hope and nothing constructive to do," Stokes said.

However, Republican sponsors said that the plan mainly cuts waste and ineffective programs. House leaders "consolidated programs where duplication was so obvious that a meaningful service could not be rendered," said Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. …

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