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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Esty, CT Delegation Offers Amendment to Authorize Federal Funds for New Sandy Hook Elementary School

July 16, 2013
Press Release
Esty to Testify on Amendment to the House Rules Committee Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D C – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that she has offered an amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which would make the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School eligible for federal funds. The House Rules Committee is expected to determine whether the amendment will receive an up or down vote during a hearing on H.R. 5 tomorrow afternoon. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM. Esty is scheduled to testify on her amendment before the Rules Committee during tomorrow’s hearing. The Rules Committee’s hearing will be viewable, live, here.

“Bringing relief to Newtown and every community where school children have experienced mass tragedy is a cause worth fighting for,” Esty said. “This tragedy has touched people on a national scale, and as a nation, we have an obligation to do everything we can to help this community and the children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary heal and continue their lives.”

Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), and Jim Himes (CT-4) joined Rep. Esty in cosponsoring the amendment. The amendment would add to the Local Competitive Grant Program in H.R. 5, a provision that would provide “local educational agencies with a school in which the learning environment has been disrupted due to a violent or traumatic crisis that took place on the school campus the opportunity to access funds to construct new facilities or renovate, repair, or alter existing facilities, that the local educational agency deems necessary to commence or continue an appropriate learning environment.”

The amendment is based on stand-alone legislation previously introduced by Congresswoman Esty in the House, H.R. 2102, and Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal in the Senate, S.1025, titled the Helping Communities Rebuild After Deadly School Shootings and Other Traumatic Events Act. That bill would authorize schools to apply for funding through the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program for site construction in the wake of mass tragedies. H.R. 5 would roll the SERV grant program into the Local Competitive Grant Program.