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  1. Members of the committee, I would like to thank you for joining me today to discuss an issue of great importance to this nation, the HIV/AIDs crisis has seen devastating effects on all walks of life, whether you are gay or straight, black or white etc. This committee will be used to hear testimony and to discover what further actions Congress can take to continue fighting this disease. I would now like to call Madonna Louise Ciccone to this hearing, she will be offered an opening statement or to waive her right for a statement. @Ollie
  2. I second the motion, there will be 24 hours. The Chair votes Aye
  3. Madam Speaker, This bill creates competition...it is as simple as that. America was built on competition, why shouldn't the American consumer have the choice to pick from different prescription medications. The minority likes to proclaim that they are not given answers to their questions, even though said questions have been answered several times, but for this bill, the minority offered no reason for opposing this bill and they've yet again offered no real substance to their opposition, it is such a shame. I yield.
  4. Dr. Mason, What affect has the AIDS Prevention and Information Act of 1987 had on stemming the spread of HIV? I yield
  5. There will be a 24 hour vote, The Chair votes Aye
  6. Madam Speaker, I second the PES offered by the majority leader. I yield.
  7. Requests for the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives, William Holmes Brown , should be made here.
  8. Madam Speaker, I move for unanimous consent. I yield.
  9. Avner

    NEWBORN Act

    Aye
  10. Avner

    Leave of Absence

    I've returned
  11. Post your hilarious or dumb campaign ads you've seen!
  12. Avner

    Leave of Absence

    In the hospital with significant breathing problems, couldnt breathe last night. Please do not message me asking me to do stuff rn, Im already in an aggravated mood due to being on an oxygen tank. Storm will be in charge of ways and means until I return.
  13. There will be 24 hours to debate this bill.
  14. Avner

    NEWBORN Act

    There will be 24 hours to debate this bill.
  15. There will be 24 hours to debate this bill.
  16. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr.Storm and Mr.Stokes (for himself and for others with special thanks to Mr.Jacob introduced the following bill A BILL Prohibiting the manufacture, sale, delivery, or importation of certain motor vehicles and rail cars that do not have seat belts, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PROHIBITION. No person shall manufacture, sell, deliver, or import any motor vehicle or rail car, constructed after the effective date of this Act, for use by a person described in section 2 to provide transportation service, unless such motor vehicle or rail car is equipped with a seat belt,or other appropriate safety restraint device providing equal or greater passenger safety, for each passenger riding in such vehicle or car. SEC. 2. PERSONS TO WHICH PROHIBITION APPLIES. The prohibition set forth in section 1 shall apply to-- (1) any motor carrier or rail carrier, as such terms are defined in section 10102 of title 49, United States Code; and (2) any Federal, State, or local government entity, school district, charitable organization, church, or other public or private entity providing transportation to passengers by motor vehicle or by rail. SEC. 3. RETROFIT REQUIREMENT. Any person described in section 2 who owns or operates a motor vehicle or rail car, constructed before the effective date of this Act, that is used-- (1) to provide passenger transportation for compensation; or (2) to transport children under the age of 18, shall, within 90 days after such effective date, equip such vehicle or car with a seat belt, or other appropriate safety restraint device providing equal or greater passenger safety, for each passenger riding in such vehicle or car. SEC. 4. CIVIL PENALTIES; SECRETARY'S AUTHORITY TO COMPROMISE. (a) AMOUNT OF PENALTIES- Whoever violates any provision of this Act, or any regulation issued there under, shall be subject to a civil penalty of not to exceed $1,000 for each such violation. A violation with respect to each motor vehicle or rail car shall constitute a separate violation, except that the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed $800,000 for any related series of violations. (b) COMPROMISE OF PENALTIES- Any such civil penalty may be compromised by the Secretary. In determining the amount of such penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the appropriateness of such penalty to the size of the business of the person charged and the gravity of the violation shall be considered. The amount of such penalty, when finally determined, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, may be deducted from any sums owing by the United States to the person charged. SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act shall take effect 90 days after the date of its enactment.
  17. Avner

    No Seat Belt, No Sale Act

    The bill passes committee.
  18. This bill fails committee due to a tied vote.
  19. Mr King introduces with Mr. Stokes, and Mr Storm with thanks to Ms Waters A BILL To establish a program to provide grants to improve the quality and availability of comprehensive education, health and social services for at-risk youth and their families, and for other purposes. SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the Comprehensive Services for Youth Act of 1989 SECTION 2 Title I: School-Based or School-Linked Health and Social Services Center Grants - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary), acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (the Administrator), to award grants to eligible local community partnerships to coordinate and deliver comprehensive education, health, and social services to children or youth in school-based, school-linked, or community-based locations. Requires each such partnership to include: (1) a local health care provider with experience in delivering services to adolescents; (2) one or more local public schools; and (3) at least one community-based organization with a history of providing services to at-risk youth in the particular community. Requires broad-based community participation, through an expanded partnership or an advisory board, involving parents and youth to be served, teachers and other public school and school board personnel, community-based organizations (particularly those serving minority youth), youth development and service organizations and interested business leaders. Requires targeting of the partnership's location and service to a community in which youth are exposed to a high risk environment. Describes high risk environment as having high rates of: (1) children in poverty or lacking access to health care; (2) dropouts and students retained in grade; (3) alcohol or drug abuse; (4) sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV); (5) teen pregnancy; (6) suicide; (7) community or gang violence; (8) youth unemployment; or (9) juvenile justice involvement. Requires partnership use of grant funds for coordination and delivery of specified core services at a school-based, school-linked, or community-based location or locations accessible to and used by at-risk children, youth, and their families. Sets forth such core services under the categories of: (1) comprehensive health, mental health, and social services; and (2) youth development and life planning services. Requires coordination among core services. Allows use of grant funds for coordination or co-location of core services with additional services identified in the comprehensive plan to enhance support available through the partnership service delivery network. Gives priority to grant applicants whose comprehensive services plan demonstrates: (1) continuity of access to core services on a year-round basis or beyond traditional school or service hours, either on site or through a backup referral system of community-based providers; and (2) the offer of services beyond the in-school population, including core services to out-of-school youth, to the extent practicable. Provides for an initial three-year grant period, and authorizes two-year extensions upon demonstration of substantial progress in integration of comprehensive services and improvement in health and education outcomes of the populations served. Sets forth application and plan requirements. Requires equitable geographic distribution of grants to both urban and rural communities. Sets minimum and maximum grant amounts. Sets forth provisions for Federal share, non-Federal share, and waivers of the latter. Requires grantees to use ten percent of such assistance to provide staff training (including teachers and school personnel) and to secure necessary technical assistance (through local community-based entities, to the maximum extent feasible). Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Administration, to award one-year nonrenewable planning grants to eligible entities that agree to establish a local community partnership to deliver comprehensive services. Sets forth application requirements. Requires use of such planning grants for: (1) assessments of needs and barriers to services; (2) delivery planning and coordination of services; and (3) development of program goals and progress measurements. Limits to ten percent the portion of grant program funds which may be used for such planning grants. Limits the maximum amount of each planning grant. Title II: State and Local Coordinated Youth Services Grants - Subtitle A: Local Consortia Grants - Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, to award grants to eligible consortia to coordinate and deliver comprehensive core education, health, and social services to at-risk youth through an integrated service delivery network directed by a consortium. Requires such consortia membership to include representatives from the local health department, local educational agency, health and social services providers and community-based organizations with a history of serving at-risk youth (including minority youth, dropouts, adolescent parents, and runaway or homeless youth), youth development organizations, juvenile justice personnel, and parents and the at-risk youth to be served. Requires specified financial or organizational commitments by consortium members. Subtitle B: Statewide Youth Services Center Grants - Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, to award grants to eligible States to provide for coordination and delivery of comprehensive education, health, and social services to at-risk youth through the award of State grants to local community partnerships or consortia. Requires States, to be eligible for such grants, to: (1) provide assurances of cooperative agreements among State education, health, and social services agencies concerning planned delivery of such comprehensive youth services; (2) demonstrate financial and organizational commitments; (3) currently support coordinated delivery of such services through a system of school-based, school-linked, or community-based comprehensive youth services centers; (4) document that services are prioritized among communities that have a high-risk environment for youth, as indicated by specified factors; and (5) meet certain application requirements. Subtitle C; Provisions Relating to Both Local and Statewide Grant Programs - Sets forth requirements for applications and use of grant funds for a consortium or State entity awarded a grant under subtitle A or B. Requires coordination and delivery of specified core services through a system of school-based, school-linked, or community-based youth centers to serve in-school and out-of-school youth and their families. Sets forth such core services under the categories of: (1) comprehensive health, mental health, and social services; and (2) youth development and life planning services. Requires coordination and co-location of delivery of existing core services into a broader system of health and social services centers accessible to in-school or out-of-school youth to use available resources more effectively before adding new resources or developing new services. Requires provision of outreach services to out-of-school youth (including adolescent parents and runaway and homeless youth), and coordination of core services with alternative education and job training and placement opportunities for such youth. Allows use of grant funds for: (1) coordination and co-location of core services with additional services to enhance the support available to at-risk youth and their families through the service delivery network; and (2) expansion of coordination and delivery of core services to the feeder elementary schools whose students will attend secondary schools currently providing core services. Sets forth grant application and plan formulation and content requirements. Provides for an initial three-year grant period, and authorizes two-year extensions upon demonstration of substantial progress in integration of comprehensive services and improvement in health and education outcomes of the youth served. Provides for an integration incentive. Authorizes the Secretary, in making a grant under this title, to make bonus amounts available as integration incentives. Specifies forumulae for such bonuses. Authorizes the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, to award one-year nonrenewable planning grants to consortia or States. Sets forth application requirements. Requires the use of such funds to: (1) establish an administrative mechanism to develop and implement a citywide, countywide, or statewide system of school-based, school-linked, or community-based comprehensive youth services centers; (2) assess needs and barriers to services; (3) develop program goals and progress measurements; and (4) develop a strategic plan for coordination and delivery of comprehensive services to youth at school-based, school-linked, or community-based locations. Limits to ten percent the portion of grant program funds which may be used for such planning grants. Limits the maximum amount of each planning grant. Title III: Implementation Provisions - Makes ineligible for title I funds any community that: (1) is currently receiving State funds to deliver co-located education, health, and social services; or (2) will receive funding from a State funded under subtitle B of title II. Allows such a currently funded community partnership to form a consortium to seek funding for an expanded citywide or countywide youth services network under subtitle A of title II. Requires a local consortium operating in a locality receiving State funding for delivery of such co-located services to include participation from the entities receiving such State funding. Makes eligible for continued funding, at the completion of its five-year grant period under title I, a partnership that has expanded into a citywide or countywide consortium (as described under subtitle A of title II) or has become part of a statewide network (as described under subtitle B of title II). Directs the Secretary to consult with the Secretary of Education in developing program regulations to implement this Act. Directs the Secretary to disseminate information on programs under this Act and on successful and model programs and to provide technical assistance. Requires such information and assistance to be provided directly through the Health Resources and Services Administration as the administering agency and other Department of HHS agencies with appropriate expertise, or through grants and contracts with nonprofit organizations. Requires the Secretary to collaborate with the Departments of Education and Labor and the Commission on National and Community Service, in such information and technical assistance efforts. Sets forth annual reporting requirements for entities receiving funds under this Act, including analyses of progress at the end of the third year. Sets forth maintenance-of-effort requirements. Authorizes appropriations for titles I and II and for special projects of national significance under title IV. Title IV: Federal Coordinated Youth Services Initiatives - Directs the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, to establish and administer a special projects of national significance program to award direct grants to public and nonprofit private entities to fund model programs to integrate health and social services, including HIV prevention, provided to special populations of youth at risk. Bases grant awards on: (1) need to provide such services to such subpopulations; (2) need to assess effectiveness of a prevention or service model or collaboration strategy; and (3) potential replicability of proposed activities in other localities. Allows such special projects to include projects targeting youth who are: (1) runaway, homeless, or street youth; (2) immigrants or migrants; (3) in the juvenile justice system; (4) in foster care; (5) in gangs; (6) with a history of substance abuse; (7) with HIV disease; (8) adolescent parents; and (9) Native American. Amends the Augustus F. Hawkins Human Resources Reauthorization Act of 1990 to direct the Federal Council on Children, Youth, and Families to: (1) identify (and make recommendations to modify or eliminate) program regulations or practices that impede coordination and collaboration; (2) develop recommendations for creating jointly funded programs, unified assessments, eligibility, application procedures, and confidentiality regulations that facilitate information-sharing; and (3) make recommendations to the Congress on legislative action needed to facilitate coordination of educational, health, and social services for in-school and out-of-school youth. Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress: (1) biannual summaries of annual grantee reports and progress assessments; and (2) a final evaluation report within four and a half years. Directs the Secretary to use the amount made available under specified provisions of the Public Health Service Act to conduct such evaluation. Title V: Grants to Cities to Provide Education, Employment, Recreation, Social, and Cultural Awareness Assistance to At-Risk Youth - Directs the Secretary, to make grants to not more than ten selected cities to assist them to establish and operate teen resource and education centers to provide education, employment, recreation, social, and cultural awareness assistance to at-risk youth. Authorizes the Secretary to make such grants to a city if it applies and agrees to operate at least two such centers. Requires such centers to offer for at-risk youth: (1) educational assistance, including information on institutions of higher education, assistance with financial aid applications and scholarship search, and preparatory courses for high school equivalency and college entrance examinations; (2) employment and skills training, including hiring teen peer counselors to provide basic job skills training, job referral services, and job banks; (3) recreational opportunities, such as sports teams, neighborhood gardening and food distribution, and reading programs; (4) social skills development, including hiring adult counselors and providing support groups for counseling on social and personal issues; and (5) cultural awareness programs, such as classes in the history and culture of various cultural groups and productions of plays, stories, and artwork reflecting the cultural heritage of such youth. Requires such centers to provide financial assistance to college graduates who work full-time at the center to assist them to repay part of their student loan debt. Sets forth grant selection and allocation requirements. Requires city reports to the Secretary on their use of the grant, and interim and final reports by the Secretary to the Congress. Authorizes appropriations.
  20. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. STOKES and Mr. STORM (for themselves, Mrs. CALLAGHAN, Mr. BLACKSTONE, and Mr. KING) introduced the following bill with thanks to Ms. Adams; A BILL To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to modify certain provisions relating to the capital financing of historically Black colleges and universities. Section 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the "HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act". Section 2. Bond insurance Section 343 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1066b) is amended— (1)by striking escrow account each place it appears and inserting bond insurance fund; and (2)in subsection (b)— (A)in paragraph (1), by striking an and inserting a; and (B)in paragraph (8), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking an and inserting a. Section 3. Strengthening technical assistance Paragraph (9) of section 345 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1066d) is amended to read as follows: (9)may, directly or by grant or contract, provide financial counseling and technical assistance to eligible institutions to prepare the institutions to qualify, apply for, and maintain a capital improvement loan, including a loan under this part; and . Section 4. HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board Paragraph (2) of section 347(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1066f(c)) is amended to read as follows: (2)Report On an annual basis, the Advisory Board shall prepare and submit to the authorizing committees a report on the status of the historically Black colleges and universities described in paragraph (1)(A). That report shall also include— (A)an overview of all loans in the capital financing program, including the most recent loans awarded in the fiscal year in which the report is submitted; and (B)administrative and legislative recommendations, as needed, for addressing the issues related to construction financing facing historically Black colleges and universities. . PES: This bill amends title III (Institutional Aid) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to modify the HBCU Capital Financing Program. (The program guarantees low-cost private loans to historically black colleges and universities [HBCUs] to finance infrastructure repairs, maintenance, and construction.) It replaces statutory references to "escrow account" with "bond insurance fund." The bill authorizes the Department of Education to provide financial counseling that prepares an eligible HBCU to qualify for, apply for, and maintain a capital improvement loan. It revises and expands reporting requirements for the HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board.
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