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March 31, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 471: Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act

H.Res. 186: Providing for consideration of H.R. 471

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 55 votes: 237-182, 13 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 57 votes: 235-178, 19 not voting



H.R. 471: Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act
To reauthorize the DC opportunity scholarship program, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 209 by Del. Norton [D-DC]
An amendment printed in House Report 112-45 to redirect the religious and other private school voucher funding to District of Columbia public schools and District of Columbia public charter schools.
Failed by 53 votes: 185-237, 10 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 54 votes: 185-238, 9 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 30 votes: 225-195, 12 not voting


Legislation Background

House passes D.C. school voucher bill
The House signed off Wednesday on reviving a school voucher program for low-income students in the District of Columbia. The House voted 225-195 Wednesday afternoon to allocate $20 million to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Program, which stopped accepting new students in 2009. The bill will open the program to new applicants.

Houses Passes School Voucher Bill
The measure, which faces a tough battle in the Senate, is aimed at helping school children in the District of Columbia.

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