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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

03-HR0611 on Feb 5, 2003

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: for tax deduction for private scholarships to public schools
Source: Education Improvement Tax Cut Act (H.R.611)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To allow an income tax credit for amounts contributed to charitable organizations which provide elementary or secondary school scholarships and for contributions for instructional materials and materials for extracurricular activities.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: This act, a companion to my Family Education Freedom Act, takes a further step toward returning control over education resources to private citizens by providing a $3,000 tax credit for donations to scholarship funds to enable low-income children to attend private schools. It also encourages private citizens to devote more of their resources to helping public schools, by providing a $3,000 tax credit for cash or in-kind donations to public schools to support academic or extra curricular programs.

Many of those who share my belief that the most effective education reform is to put parents back in charge of the education system have embraced government-funded voucher programs as a means to that end. I certainly sympathize with the goals of voucher proponents, but supporters of parental control of education should view Federal voucher programs with a high degree of skepticism because vouchers are a creation of the government, not the market. Vouchers are a taxpayer-funded program benefiting a particular group of children selected by politicians and bureaucrats. Therefore, the Federal voucher program supported by many conservatives is little more than another tax-funded welfare program establishing an entitlement to a private school education. Vouchers thus raise the same constitutional and moral questions as other transfer programs. A superior way of improving education is to return control of the education dollar directly to the American people through tax cuts and tax credits.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means; never came to a vote.


    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: Tax deductions for private scholarships to public schools (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 03-HR0611



Republicans participating in 03-HR0611

Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Nathan Deal s1oGA Republican Governor 
Mario Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Republican 
Scott Garrett s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Melissa Hart s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s1oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Charlie Norwood s1oGeorgia Republican 
Ron Paul s2pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
James Sensenbrenner s1oWisconsin Republican 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 



Independents participating in 03-HR0611

Ginny Brown-Waite s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 10
Independents: 1


















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