American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
October 24, 2011

Senate Takes Action on Two Education Bills

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly No Child Left Behind. The Committee's vote was bipartisan with three Republican Senators joining all of the Democrat members of the Committee in a 15-7 vote. HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) hinted that it is "possible" the full Senate could take up the bill before Christmas.

On the same day, the full Senate had a procedural vote on the Democrats educators/first responders' jobs bill, S. 1723. The Senate failed to "invoke cloture" where 60 votes are needed with a 50-50 tie, so the measure was tabled and no further consideration will take place.

Please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's director of federal advocacy, with any comments or questions about these two education bills by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5614 or by e-mail at

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