H.R. 1214 was debated Tuesday, when Republicans said the $50 million per year program was duplicative at a time when they are looking to shrink federal spending. Democrats said cutting the funds would put needy schoolchildren at risk of not receiving care.
The House rejected two amendments to the bill on Wednesday in roll call votes, even though they were accepted by voice vote Tuesday evening. One from Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeePelosi: ‘We must and we will bring back’ Nigerian schoolgirls Big bucks spent honoring lawmakers Black caucus treads carefully into Apple-FBI fight MORE (D-Texas) would have required the government to put up a public notice that the funds were rescinded, but this was rejected in a 207-218 vote.
The second, from Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), would have required a study on which schools might need federal aid, but this was rejected in a 205-210 vote.
The Obama administration has said it opposes H.R. 1214, but has not said it would veto the legislation.