4:39 PM EDT

John A. Boehner, R-OH 8th

Mr. BOEHNER. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, let me thank the gentlewoman from New York for her contribution to this bill. As we all know, the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is one that does, in fact, require a local match. For some smaller communities or some faith-based or community-based programs, their ability to come up with the matching funds to do these programs is somewhat limited.

I do think that allowing in-kind services as part of the match does provide more flexibility for these programs at the local level. It is a very good amendment, and I am happy to support it.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

4:39 PM EDT

John A. Boehner, R-OH 8th

Mr. BOEHNER. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, let me thank the gentlewoman from New York for her contribution to this bill. As we all know, the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is one that does, in fact, require a local match. For some smaller communities or some faith-based or community-based programs, their ability to come up with the matching funds to do these programs is somewhat limited.

I do think that allowing in-kind services as part of the match does provide more flexibility for these programs at the local level. It is a very good amendment, and I am happy to support it.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

4:39 PM EDT

John A. Boehner, R-OH 8th

Mr. BOEHNER. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, let me thank the gentlewoman from New York for her contribution to this bill. As we all know, the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is one that does, in fact, require a local match. For some smaller communities or some faith-based or community-based programs, their ability to come up with the matching funds to do these programs is somewhat limited.

I do think that allowing in-kind services as part of the match does provide more flexibility for these programs at the local level. It is a very good amendment, and I am happy to support it.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

4:39 PM EDT

Dale E. Kildee, D-MI 9th

Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

The CHAIRMAN pro tempore (Mr. BONILLA). All time for debate on this amendment has expired.

The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. BRADY).

The question was taken; and the Chairman pro tempore announced that the ayes appeared to have it.

4:40 PM EDT

Mark Steven Kirk, R-IL 10th

Mr. KIRK. Mr. Chairman, this amendment is about Impact Aid. If we are concerned about military pay, if we are concerned about military housing, if we are concerned about military health care, we also need to be concerned about the children of military personnel. That is why we support Impact Aid.

The average school district in America, the $10 million school district, gets $9 million from local resources and [Page: H2621]

only $1 million from the Federal Government. But what happens if we cannot tax that housing? In many military districts, Indian reservations, and other facilities, kids flood into the school districts, but we have no dollars attached. The Impact Aid program makes up the difference, but it has made up the difference in an inadequate way.

From 1950 to 1969, the Federal Government fully funded the Impact Aid program, but now only 46 percent of the needs of military kids and other kids are met. This amendment is the start of a process where we will build consensus behind the Impact Aid program. For us, we make a statement today that the needs of military kids and other kids must be met by fully funding Federal Impact Aid.

Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.

4:40 PM EDT

Mark Steven Kirk, R-IL 10th

Mr. KIRK. Mr. Chairman, this amendment is about Impact Aid. If we are concerned about military pay, if we are concerned about military housing, if we are concerned about military health care, we also need to be concerned about the children of military personnel. That is why we support Impact Aid.

The average school district in America, the $10 million school district, gets $9 million from local resources and [Page: H2621]

only $1 million from the Federal Government. But what happens if we cannot tax that housing? In many military districts, Indian reservations, and other facilities, kids flood into the school districts, but we have no dollars attached. The Impact Aid program makes up the difference, but it has made up the difference in an inadequate way.

From 1950 to 1969, the Federal Government fully funded the Impact Aid program, but now only 46 percent of the needs of military kids and other kids are met. This amendment is the start of a process where we will build consensus behind the Impact Aid program. For us, we make a statement today that the needs of military kids and other kids must be met by fully funding Federal Impact Aid.

Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.

4:42 PM EDT

Susan Davis, D-CA 49th

Mrs. DAVIS of California. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, Impact Aid is a program that is over 50 years old, yet for the last 30 years Congress has failed to fund the program fully. This program is designed to offset the losses school districts suffer in property taxes when Federal lands reduce their tax rolls but provide many children to be educated. This funding is critical to balance the local school district income so that the educational programs for all the students of the affected district is not diminished.

The issue, Mr. Chairman, is one of fairness. The level at which Impact Aid is currently funded does not begin to offset the costs for educating a child. Generations of military families have been based in San Diego and Coronado in my district, and developments of federally-owned housing are home to children throughout the area. We are very proud of the opportunity to serve the children of our military forces. Congress should be equally proud of providing the full funding that it promised half

a century ago.

Mr. Chairman, I also want to thank the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. KIRK) for bringing this forward.

Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.

4:43 PM EDT

Rick Larsen, D-WA 2nd

Mr. LARSEN of Washington. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time and for bringing this important issue to the attention of Congress.

Mr. Chairman, just last month I attended a ceremony, a welcome home ceremony in Oak Harbor, Washington, in my district; a welcome home ceremony for the 24 crew members of the plane that was downed in China. Oak Harbor has been the home of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for many years, and 7,000 people turned out for this homecoming event, showing the commitment that the town of Oak Harbor has made to the presence of Naval Air Station Whidbey in my district.

This amendment today, Mr. Chairman, would express the sense of Congress that the Federal Government must recognize that commitment, must recognize the sacrifice that communities all over our country are making. This sense of Congress amendment would say that the Impact Aid program should have guaranteed funding for districts that so desperately need it.

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Whether it is Oak Harbor or Marysville, which is the home to the Tulalip Indian Reservation, these communities depend heavily upon funding; and I ask this body to support this amendment.

4:43 PM EDT

Rick Larsen, D-WA 2nd

Mr. LARSEN of Washington. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time and for bringing this important issue to the attention of Congress.

Mr. Chairman, just last month I attended a ceremony, a welcome home ceremony in Oak Harbor, Washington, in my district; a welcome home ceremony for the 24 crew members of the plane that was downed in China. Oak Harbor has been the home of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for many years, and 7,000 people turned out for this homecoming event, showing the commitment that the town of Oak Harbor has made to the presence of Naval Air Station Whidbey in my district.

This amendment today, Mr. Chairman, would express the sense of Congress that the Federal Government must recognize that commitment, must recognize the sacrifice that communities all over our country are making. This sense of Congress amendment would say that the Impact Aid program should have guaranteed funding for districts that so desperately need it.

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Whether it is Oak Harbor or Marysville, which is the home to the Tulalip Indian Reservation, these communities depend heavily upon funding; and I ask this body to support this amendment.

4:45 PM EDT

Joe Crowley, D-NY 7th

Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of this amendment offered by the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. KIRK) and the gentleman from Washington (Mr. LARSEN) to fully fund Impact Aid. I am proud to join them in this amendment and I commend these two freshman Members for their initiative and commitment to education for their constituencies.

While many of us know Impact Aid is the Federal Government assistance program to local school districts where there is a large Federal presence, many of my colleagues may not know what Impact Aid means to cities such as New York City, my home city.

$5.8 million goes to New York City annually in Impact Aid funding to help improve the quality of education for over 70,000 children who live in public housing. As representative of the largest public housing complex in the U.S. and of thousands of working New York families who make minimum wage and send their children to public schools, full funding for Impact Aid is critical to make sure that America provides educational opportunities to all of our children, no matter where they live and no

matter what their income level is.

While I thank the Committee on Education and the Workforce for recognizing the importance of Impact Aid to communities throughout the country, there is more that can be done. Last year $900 million was allocated for Impact Aid when the true need is closer to $1.5 billion.

Mr. Chairman, I urge my colleagues to adopt this amendment and urge my colleagues to fight for full funding of Impact Aid in conference with the Senate.

4:47 PM EDT

Sue Kelly, R-NY 19th

Mrs. KELLY. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of the Kirk-Larsen amendment expressing the sense of Congress that Impact Aid programs should be fully funded.

I join my colleagues in their efforts to ensure that children in federally impacted school districts receive quality education. Like many of my colleagues, I represent a highly impacted, actually the most highly impacted school district in the United States of America. Adjacent to West Point, the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District exists between Federal land, State land, and the Hudson River. This unique positioning means that over 90 percent of the land in the school district is

nontaxable. Without Impact Aid, this school district is unable to raise the revenue necessary to educate its students.

The increase in funding for section 8002, which applies to land-impacted districts, has helped the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District undertake capital improvements, hire new teachers, tutors, and reinstate the college advanced placement courses which they had to cut.

However, this section and the entire Impact Aid program is still not fully funded. As we continue to debate improvements to our children's education, we absolutely must not forget those military children sitting in classrooms in federally impacted school districts. We rely on Impact Aid funds for a quality education. Support the Kirk amendment and support full funding for Impact Aid.

4:48 PM EDT

Tom Udall, D-NM 3rd

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Kirk amendment which expresses the sense of Congress that the Impact Aid program should be fully funded. Fully funding the Impact Aid program will greatly help the vast numbers of local school districts which have lost tax revenue as a result of a large Federal presence in their district.

This especially holds true of my congressional district in New Mexico which has a large number of schools which depend on Impact Aid funding and who educate a large number of Native American students.

The last time this program was fully funded was 1950 through 1969. Since that time, the funding levels for Impact Aid have not kept up with the amount required to cover the Federal Government's obligation to this program.

Mr. Chairman, I cannot stress how important this program is to the more than 1,500 school districts and 1.5 million children across the country who depend on this program for a quality education. I urge all of my colleagues to support this amendment.

4:48 PM EDT

Tom Udall, D-NM 3rd

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Kirk amendment which expresses the sense of Congress that the Impact Aid program should be fully funded. Fully funding the Impact Aid program will greatly help the vast numbers of local school districts which have lost tax revenue as a result of a large Federal presence in their district.

This especially holds true of my congressional district in New Mexico which has a large number of schools which depend on Impact Aid funding and who educate a large number of Native American students.

The last time this program was fully funded was 1950 through 1969. Since that time, the funding levels for Impact Aid have not kept up with the amount required to cover the Federal Government's obligation to this program.

Mr. Chairman, I cannot stress how important this program is to the more than 1,500 school districts and 1.5 million children across the country who depend on this program for a quality education. I urge all of my colleagues to support this amendment.

4:48 PM EDT

Tom Udall, D-NM 3rd

Mr. UDALL of New Mexico. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Kirk amendment which expresses the sense of Congress that the Impact Aid program should be fully funded. Fully funding the Impact Aid program will greatly help the vast numbers of local school districts which have lost tax revenue as a result of a large Federal presence in their district.

This especially holds true of my congressional district in New Mexico which has a large number of schools which depend on Impact Aid funding and who educate a large number of Native American students.

The last time this program was fully funded was 1950 through 1969. Since that time, the funding levels for Impact Aid have not kept up with the amount required to cover the Federal Government's obligation to this program.

Mr. Chairman, I cannot stress how important this program is to the more than 1,500 school districts and 1.5 million children across the country who depend on this program for a quality education. I urge all of my colleagues to support this amendment.

4:49 PM EDT

Mark Steven Kirk, R-IL 10th

Mr. KIRK. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, I agree with everything that the gentleman said, except that I think it should be called the Kirk, Larsen, Davis, Udall, Crowley, Hayworth, Kelly, Edwards and Hayes amendment.

Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. BOEHNER), chairman of the committee.

4:51 PM EDT

Mark Steven Kirk, R-IL 10th

Mr. KIRK. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, to conclude on this amendment, I want to salute the bipartisan leadership on this. We have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans concerned.

Under the Constitution, the number one mission of our government is national security; but I think education also comes as a top priority, and it is the education of military kids, Indian kids, and kids coming off of Federal property that is a key Federal responsibility.

We have fallen behind, Mr. Chairman. We used to fully fund this program. We now only fund 46 percent. So by adopting this amendment, I think we can unscore the achievement and begin the consensus building that we need to fully fund the needs of military, Indian and other related kids for Impact Aid.

Mr. Chairman, the children of military families are the most likely to be joining the military in the future. So for our country's own national defense, making sure that quality education is available on or near military, Indian reservations, and other Federal facilities is critical. I urge adoption of the amendment.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.