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Rep. Hunter Re-Introduces Military Voucher Amendment

By Nate Hennagin

Today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will try again to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) that would create a $10 million private school voucher program for military dependent children with special education needs. This time he is offering the bill on the House floor. Hunter introduced a nearly identical amendment during the markup of the bill just two weeks ago, which was voted down 26-34.

Pennsylvania Voucher Stumbles in the Senate

Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate had scheduled a floor vote on SB 1, a bill to create a statewide, taxpayer-funded private school voucher program. The bill never made it to the floor, however, after hours of closed-door meetings among Republican leadership. Proponents of the bill claim that consideration was delayed because Senate leadership needs time to make minor changes to the bill, but other reports say the leadership is scrambling for votes due to concerns about the cost of the program. Last week's delay, however, is not permanent and the bill may move early this week.

Stoking Islamophobia: Rep. King to Hold Hearing on “Radicalization” of Muslims

By Nate Hennagin

On Thursday, March 10, the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative Peter King (R-NY), will hold a hearing titled, "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." AU has submitted testimony to oppose the structure and focus of this hearing, as we believe it presents a serious threat to religious liberty.

Congressional Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on DC Vouchers Tomorrow

By Nate Hennagin

Tomorrow at 9:30 am, the Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs will hold a hearing titled, "The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Keeping the Door Open." This hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Ranking Member Danny Davis (D-IL), will likely focus on HR 471, the bill to reauthorize the DC voucher program in the House of Representatives.