to Higher Education Act passed by U.S. House of Representatives:
WASHINGTON, DC April 2006—An amendment
introduced by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) to HR 609,
the College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005, will allow
students with intellectual disabilities to obtain valuable,
paid work experience in college work study jobs while pursuing
postsecondary studies. The amendment, which passed on a voice
vote on March 29, is a real breakthrough for the growing number
of students with intellectual disabilities who participate
in postsecondary programs at two and four-year colleges and
universities. HR 609 is the bill that will reauthorize the
Higher Education Act.
In introducing the amendment, Rep.
Sessions stated, "My goal is to help make it possible
for these students to achieve their higher education goals
and attain gainful employment," Sessions continued. "Greater
productivity through employment will provide students with
intellectual disabilities opportunities for greater self-sufficiency,
more independence, and the ability to save for retirement
and long term care." Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon
(R-CA), Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce
Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking Democrat
on the Committee, both spoke in favor of the amendment. The
amendment passed with strong bipartisan support.