The Friday Fax
a weekly news bulletin from the National Parent Network on Disabilities
DECEMBER 6, 1996 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Number 21
Leadership in the House of Representatives Begins to Take Shape
While the leadership of the House Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee will again
remain with Rep. Goodling (R-19th/PA), new leadership has emerged at the helm of the
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families. Rep. Frank Riggs (R-1st/CA) is the new
Chairman of the subcommittee. On the other side of the aisle, it appears that the leadership of the
subcommittee will be passed from Rep. Kildee (D-9th/MI) to Rep. Martinez (D-39th/CA). FF was
unable to secure a full list of the committee by time of writing. We will provide that information
as soon as we have it.
Keep those Petitions Flowing
NPND has received a goodly number of petitions from folks around the states. However through
an oversight by us here at the FF, there is no clear place for organizations to "sign on". Hence, we
have received a lot of individual signatures but few organization "sign ons". Please feel free to
modify the petition in anyway that makes sense in your community or state so that when
organizations "sign on" it can be reflected on the petition as such. During the remainder of 1996
and during the first month of 1997 please focus on organizational "sign ons". You're doing great
work! Keep it up! Keep those petitions coming in!!! FF will provide a summary of what we
have received so far just after the New Year.
Senate Determines Leadership
The new makeup of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee is:
Sen. Jeffords, Chair; Sen. Coate; Sen. Gregg; Sen. Frist; Sen. DeWine; Sen. Tim Hutchinson; Sen.
Enzi; Sen. Collins; Sen. Warner; Sen. McConnel
Sen. Kennedy, Ranking Minority; Sen. Dodd; Sen. Harkin; Sen. Mikulski; Sen. Wellstone; Sen.
Bingaman; Sen. Boxer; Sen. Reed.
It is not clear who will chair the Subcommittee on Disability Policy or if there will even be such a
subcommittee. Sen. Frist (R-TN) chaired the subcommittee during the 104th Congress.
The impact of the leadership changes upon the reauthorization of the IDEA is, as yet, unclear. In
future issues of the FF we will profile the new leaders in light of the issues facing us in the
NPND Welcomes New Board Members
The NPND Board Elections were held last week. The Board now has three new
members. They are:
Terry Dawson, WY PIC, Buffalo, WY
Doris Husted, PRO, Los Lunas, NM
Mary Lacorte, ECAC, Davidson, NC
Janet Vohs, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA, was
elected to a second term.
Our congratulations goes out to them along with our great appreciation for
their willingness to serve.
IDEA Reauthorization on Different Tracks
Based on conversations with hill staff and administration officials, it appears that both the House
of Representatives and the administration would like to "fast track" the reauthorization of the
IDEA while the Senate may first turn it's attention to the reauthorization of the Rehab. Act and
take up the IDEA reauthorization later in the session.
It appears that the House will introduce it's bill during the week of January 7 and that the
administration will either put it's bill on the street prior to that date or at about the same time. It
does not appear that the administration will seek the broad based input that it did the last time
around. It is likely that both the House and Administration bills will closely resemble the bills they
produced during the 104th Congress.
The situation in the Senate is much less clear. It appears that no one wants to relive the tortuous
process that the reauthorization of the IDEA went through last year. Yet the issues that drove that
process remain unresolved. Hence, no action on the IDEA reauthorization is expected in the Senate
any time soon.
Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Renee & David
Whaley on the death of David
Whaley, Jr. The Whaley family wishes that good thoughts are continued for
David and the lives that he
touched. Donations may be made in David's name to the Family Network on
Disabilities of Florida, Inc. ,
2735 Whitney Rd., Clearwater, FL 34620
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