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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-S1597 on Sep 21, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Fix America's Schools Today Act (FAST)
Source: HR2948&S1597
    Fix America's Schools Today (FAST) Act of 2011:
  • Authorizes $25 billion to carry out this title, which shall be available until Sept. 30, 2012
  • Allocates grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to modernize, renovate, or repair early learning or elementary or secondary education facilities.
  • Requires grants be allocated directly to the 100 LEAs with the largest numbers of children aged 5-17 living in poverty, to modernize, renovate, or repair such facilities.
  • Requires states to give subgrant priority to projects that comply with certain green building standards.
  • Prohibits the use of such grants for new construction or routine maintenance costs.
  • Reserves funds for a survey, by the National Center for Education Statistics, of nationwide public school construction, modernization, renovation, and repair needs.
  • Allocates grants to states to modernize, renovate, or repair existing facilities at community colleges.
  • Requires, with certain exceptions, the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in projects funded by this Act to be domestic.
  • Applies the prevailing wage rate requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act to projects assisted pursuant to this Act.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill HR2948.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Question 7: Vouchers for school choice Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Education
  • Headline: $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 6.
  • Headline: $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 6 on Education: When you think about education in the US, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: School curriculums should be set entirely at a local school board level
    • B: School curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level
    • C: School curriculums should be set more by national standards than at a local level
    • D: School curriculums should be set entirely at a national standardized level
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-S1597

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s2pOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 11-S1597



Independents participating in 11-S1597

Bernie Sanders s1sVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 10
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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