House Votes to Fund D.C. Opportunity Scholarships

March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON- Today, on a bi-partisan vote of 225-195, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act. Today’s passage of the SOAR Act was another key step in the restoration of the popular, cost-effective, and successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement:

“President Kennedy once implored us to think of education ‘as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.’ Today, the House of Representatives affirmed that the private hopes and dreams of the young men and women who have fought for and value their education are still of great importance to the nation.”

Chairman Issa is an original co-sponsor of the SOAR Act, introduced by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in January. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has introduced companion legislation (S. 206).

Click here for the text of H.R. 471 that was approved by the House today.

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H.R. 471