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HR 2646 - Education Savings Accounts bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Mary Landrieu voted Nay (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (59-36) - (Key vote)

Title: Education Savings Accounts bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the maximum annual contribution parents can make to tax-free education accounts.

Highlights:
  • Increases the Education Savings Account (ESA) limit from $500 to $2,000 annually per child.
  • Includes elementary and secondary education expenses, as well as private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, transportation, academic tutoring, books and other supplies.
  • Exempts "special needs" beneficiaries from the beneficiary age limitation of 18.
  • Allows corporations to make contributions to ESAs.
  • Excludes employer-provided educational assistance from gross income calculations.
  • Grants rewards to states that have a system of regular testing and merit pay for all elementary and secondary school teachers.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that 95 percent of all education funding for elementary and secondary schools be spent on children in the classrooms.
  • Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to state-established reading and literacy partnerships, and to statewide family literacy initiatives.
  • Allows States to use Federal education funds for teacher testing and merit pay.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (225-197) - (Key vote)

Title: Education Savings Accounts bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the maximum annual contribution parents can make to tax-free education accounts.

Highlights:
  • Increases the Education Savings Account (ESA) limit from $500 to $2,000 annually per child.
  • Includes elementary and secondary education expenses, as well as private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, transportation, academic tutoring, books and other supplies.
  • Exempts "special needs" beneficiaries from the beneficiary age limitation of 18.
  • Allows corporations to make contributions to ESAs.
  • Excludes employer-provided educational assistance from gross income calculations.
  • Grants rewards to states that have a system of regular testing and merit pay for all elementary and secondary school teachers.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that 95 percent of all education funding for elementary and secondary schools be spent on children in the classrooms.
  • Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to state-established reading and literacy partnerships, and to statewide family literacy initiatives.
  • Allows States to use Federal education funds for teacher testing and merit pay.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (56-43) - (Key vote)

Title: Education Savings Accounts bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the maximum annual contribution parents can make to tax-free education accounts.

Highlights:
  • Increases the Education Savings Account (ESA) limit from $500 to $2,000 annually per child.
  • Includes elementary and secondary education expenses, as well as private school tuition, home schooling expenses, transportation, academic tutoring, books and other supplies.
  • Exempts "special needs" beneficiaries from the beneficiary age limitation of 18.
  • Allows corporations to make contributions to ESAs.
  • Excludes employer-provided educational assistance from gross income calculations.
  • Grants rewards to states that have a system of regular testing and merit pay for all elementary and secondary school teachers.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that 95 percent of all education funding for elementary and secondary schools should be spent on children in the classrooms.
  • Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to state-established reading and literacy partnerships and to statewide family literacy initiatives.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that it should be a national priority to lower the school dropout rate and increase school completion for middle school and secondary school students.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (230-198) - (Key vote)

Title: Education Savings Accounts bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the maximum annual contribution parents can make to tax-free education accounts.

Highlights:
  • Increases the Education Savings Account (ESA) limit from $500 to $2,000 annually per child.
  • Includes elementary and secondary education expenses, as well as private school tuition, homeschooling expenses, transportation, academic tutoring, books and other supplies.
  • Exempts "special needs" beneficiaries from the beneficiary age limitation of 18.
  • Allows corporations to make contributions to ESAs.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Education Savings Accounts bill

Sponsors

  • William Reynolds 'Bill' Archer (TX - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Richard K. 'Dick' Armey (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Bliley Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Bunning (KY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Lynn Christensen (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Allen 'Mac' Collins (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Dale 'Tom' DeLay (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer B. Dunn (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Vernon J. 'Vern' Ehlers (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Eric Ensign (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Floyd H. Flake (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Newton Leroy 'Newt' Gingrich (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William F. 'Bill' Goodling (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James C. 'Jim' Greenwood (PA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John David 'J.D.' Hayworth Jr. (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Walter 'Wally' Herger Jr. (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter 'Pete' Hoekstra (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kenny C. Hulshof (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert 'Bob' Inglis Sr. (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Richard Kasich (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Linder (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William O. Lipinski (IL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • James O. 'Jim' McCrery III (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan Miller (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark W. Neumann (WI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Nussle (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul Michael 'Mike' Parker (MS - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard W. Pombo (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Deborah D. Pryce (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert R. 'Bob' Riley (AL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Vincent K. Snowbarger (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Edward Souder (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Clifford Bundy 'Cliff' Stearns (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Talent (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald C. 'Jerry' Weller (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
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