Bickering over technical-education funding continues between House, Senate
The political games between the House and Senate chambers over who gets credit for restoring $30 million in funding to high-school career and technical-education programs continued Tuesday as the House approved the Senate's version of the bill — but added two amendments — requiring the Senate to go back and vote one more time.
The vote itself likely won't be a problem — the proposal has gotten unanimous support twice now in the House and once in the Senate. But the amendments may cause some serious heartburn among senators.
The first amendment states that the House considers JTEDs "an important component of a well-rounded education system" and that restoring funding was an important priority for the House. It goes on to list every House member who had sponsored the House version of the bill — there are 56 of them. It then provides a timeline to make sure everyone is clear that the House had passed its bill before (emphasis added) the Senate passed its own version and urges the Senate to hurry up and vote on this amended bill.
The second states that students already enrolled in the program can continue to participate in the program.