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Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/23/2017)Committees:House – Education and the WorkforceLatest Action:House – 01/23/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 12 (Monday, January 23, 2017)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []
By Mr. KING of Iowa:
H.R. 610.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
The “Power of the Purse” as defined in Article I, Section
9, Clause 7
[Page H608]



This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)


Congressman Steve King

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