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Repealing Mandatory Funding for the School Health Center Construction

Location: Washington, DC


Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

This amendment provides for a GAO study to determine school districts most in need of constructing or renovating school-based health centers. Basically, it asks the Controller--or I should say mandates the Controller--to conduct a study to determine the school districts most in need of construction and renovation, and not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment, the Controller has to submit to the Congress a report setting forth the results and conclusions of the study under this subsection.

Mr. Chairman, I know we've had a lot of debate today about money, but the fact of the matter is that the $50 million per year doesn't actually cover the costs of all of the schools that have requested and applied for construction or renovation funds. That's why I would like to have this amendment passed and hopefully accepted by the other side so that we can find out exactly how many more of these clinics, or centers, are in need of funding.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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