Darrell Issa on Education

Last Updated : Feb 18, 2011

The Partnership for Access to Laboratory Science (PALS) Act 

In June of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the introduction of legislation intended to target children for education based on race and gender.

In August of 2007, Senator Menendez released another statement noting the passage of the PALS Act in the America COMPETES Act and his support for the measure.

 

Opposition to Presidential Budget

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his objections to the President's proposed budget for education.

 

College Access and Affordability Act

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the College Access and Affordability Act.

 

President's Budget Hurts Latinos

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting how President Bush's budget negatively affects Latinos.

 

America COMPETES Act 

In April of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the America COMPETES Act.

 

Higher Education Access Act

In July of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the Higher Education Access Act.

 

 

 

 

Voting Record

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got a great deal of support in the Senate and passed easily. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

No Child Left Behind was the primary focus of the Bush administration prior to 9/11. The bill requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. The bill got the support of most Democrats and Republicans and passed the House in a 384-45 vote. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

DC Scholarship Program

In 1998, the House voted on an amendment to the yearly appropriations bill to Washington D.C.. The amendment allocated $7 Million dollars to a program for scholarships to low-income children. The amendment was ' agreed to with the support of most Republicans and most Democrats. Robert Menendez voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Robert Menendez voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998

This 1998 legislation would have allowed people to take money from their IRAs to pay for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses, including home schooling expenses. It increased the annual contribution limit from $500 to $2,000. It permits corporations to contribute to education IRAs. Although the bill passed both the house and the Senate, it was vetoed by the President. Robert Menendez voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Robert Menendez voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 250; Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to replace the hope scholarship and lifetime learning tax credits with a higher education opportunity tax credit.Allows a higher education opportunity tax credit for the lesser of: (1) the sum of 100% of qualified tuition and related expenses (including a certain allowance for books) up to $2,000, 50% for such expenses between $2,000 and $4,000, and 25% of such expenses between $4,000 and $8,000; or (2) the excess (if any) of $16,000 over aggregate credits from prior taxable years. Reduces credit amounts for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes over $70,000 ($140,000 in the case of a joint return). Limits such credit to three eligible students per taxpayer in any taxable year. Denies such tax credit to certain part time students and students convicted of a felony drug offense.Repeals the tax deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 761; America COMPETES Act - Cosponsor

A bill to invest in innovation and education to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1367; Teach for America Grant - Cosponsor

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award a grant to Teach For America, Inc. to implement and expand its program of recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting new teachers.

User Comments