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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act

Short Titles as Reported to House

21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act

Short Titles as Introduced

21st Century High-Performing Public School Facilities Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Titles as Amended by House

To direct the Secretary of Education to make grants to State educational agencies for the modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities, and for other purposes.

Official Title as Introduced

To direct the Secretary of Education to make grants and low-interest loans to local educational agencies for the construction, modernization, or repair of public kindergarten, elementary, and secondary educational facilities, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
06/04/2008Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 250 - 164 (Roll no. 379).
05/08/2008Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and Labor. H. Rept. 110-623.
07/12/2007Introduced in House

All Actions (54)

Date Chamber All Actions
08/01/2008SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
06/06/2008SenateReceived in the Senate.
06/04/2008-8:47pmHouseThe Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3021.
06/04/2008-8:47pmHouseThe title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
06/04/2008-8:47pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/04/2008-8:47pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 250 - 164 (Roll no. 379).
06/04/2008-8:38pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 230 (Roll no. 378).
06/04/2008-8:19pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H4960)
06/04/2008-8:11pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the McMorris Rodgers motion to recommit. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment inserting an exception for local educational agencies whose energy expenditures have increased by at least 50 percent since January 4, 2007, with respect to payment of maintenance costs for any of the activities described in section 103.
06/04/2008-8:08pmHouseMrs. McMorris Rodgers moved to recommit with instructions toEducation and Labor. (consideration: CR H4959; text: CR H4959)
06/04/2008-8:07pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (consideration: CR H4946-4947)
06/04/2008-8:06pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H4959)
06/04/2008-8:06pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3021.
06/04/2008-8:05pmHouseH.Amdt.1074 On agreeing to the Matheson amendment Agreed to by recorded vote: 266 - 153 (Roll no. 377).
06/04/2008-7:57pmHouseH.Amdt.1071 On agreeing to the Welch (VT) amendment (A003) Agreed to by recorded vote: 409 - 5 (Roll no. 376).
06/04/2008-7:49pmHouseH.Amdt.1070 On agreeing to the Ehlers amendment (A002) Agreed to by recorded vote: 397 - 17 (Roll no. 375).
06/04/2008-7:41pmHouseH.Amdt.1069 On agreeing to the Kildee amendment (A001) Agreed to by recorded vote: 260 - 151 (Roll no. 374).
06/04/2008-7:14pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
06/04/2008-7:14pmHouseH.Amdt.1075 On agreeing to the Reichert amendment (A007) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/04/2008-7:08pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Reichert amendment.
06/04/2008-7:08pmHouseH.Amdt.1075 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Reichert. (consideration: CR H4955-4956; text: CR H4955)
06/04/2008-7:08pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Matheson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Matheson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/04/2008-7:02pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Matheson amendment.
06/04/2008-7:02pmHouseH.Amdt.1074 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Matheson. (consideration: CR H4954-4955, H4958; text: CR H4954)
06/04/2008-7:01pmHouseH.Amdt.1073 On agreeing to the Visclosky amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/04/2008-6:48pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Visclosky amendment.
06/04/2008-6:48pmHouseH.Amdt.1073 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Visclosky. (consideration: CR H4953-4954; text: CR H4953)
06/04/2008-6:47pmHouseH.Amdt.1072 On agreeing to the Davis, Tom amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/04/2008-6:42pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Tom Davis amendment.
06/04/2008-6:42pmHouseH.Amdt.1072 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Davis, Tom. (consideration: CR H4952-4953; text: CR H4952)
06/04/2008-6:41pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Welch amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Welch demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/04/2008-6:22pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with thirty minutes of debate on the Welch amendment.
06/04/2008-6:22pmHouseH.Amdt.1071 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Welch (VT). (consideration: CR H4950-4952, H4957-4958; text: CR H4950)
06/04/2008-6:22pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Ehlers amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Ehlers demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/04/2008-6:17pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Ehlers amendment.
06/04/2008-6:17pmHouseH.Amdt.1070 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Ehlers. (consideration: CR H4949-4950, H4956-4957; text: CR H4949)
06/04/2008-6:16pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Kildee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
06/04/2008-6:04pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1234, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment.
06/04/2008-6:03pmHouseH.Amdt.1069 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Kildee. (consideration: CR H4947-4949, H4956; text: CR H4947-4948)
06/04/2008-4:45pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3021.
06/04/2008-4:45pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.
06/04/2008-4:45pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1234 and Rule XVIII.
06/04/2008-4:45pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 3021 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
06/04/2008-4:45pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1234. (consideration: CR H4927-4935, H4937-4961)
06/04/2008-4:22pmHouseRule H. Res. 1234 passed House.
06/03/2008-7:49pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1234 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3021 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
05/08/2008HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 388.
05/08/2008HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and Labor. H. Rept. 110-623.
04/30/2008HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 28 - 19.
Action By: Committee on Education and Labor
04/30/2008HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Education and Labor
09/11/2007HouseSubcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Discharged.
09/11/2007HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
Action By: Committee on Education and Labor
07/12/2007HouseReferred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
07/12/2007HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (142)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-7]* 07/12/2007
Rep. Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-5]* 07/12/2007
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 09/19/2007
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] 09/19/2007
Rep. Hare, Phil [D-IL-17] 09/19/2007
Rep. Hooley, Darlene [D-OR-5] 02/26/2008
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Andrews, Robert E. [D-NJ-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] 05/06/2008
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-7] 05/06/2008
Rep. Hinojosa, Ruben [D-TX-15] 05/06/2008
Rep. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Kucinich, Dennis J. [D-OH-10] 05/06/2008
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-39] 05/06/2008
Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12] 05/06/2008
Rep. Altmire, Jason [D-PA-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7] 05/06/2008
Rep. Klein, Ron [D-FL-22] 05/06/2008
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 05/06/2008
Rep. Payne, Donald M. [D-NJ-10] 05/06/2008
Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13] 05/06/2008
Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6] 05/06/2008
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] 05/06/2008
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] 05/06/2008
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14] 05/06/2008
Rep. Ross, Mike [D-AR-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] 05/06/2008
Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Carney, Christopher P. [D-PA-10] 05/06/2008
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] 05/06/2008
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 05/06/2008
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-13] 05/06/2008
Rep. Sutton, Betty [D-OH-13] 05/06/2008
Rep. Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [D-IL-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 05/06/2008
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-22] 05/06/2008
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-23] 05/06/2008
Rep. Solis, Hilda L. [D-CA-32] 05/06/2008
Rep. Davis, Lincoln [D-TN-4] 05/06/2008
Rep. Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [D-AL-5] 05/06/2008
Rep. Matheson, Jim [D-UT-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Melancon, Charlie [D-LA-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Salazar, John T. [D-CO-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-38] 05/06/2008
Rep. Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D-SD-At Large] 05/06/2008
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-29] 05/06/2008
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28] 05/06/2008
Rep. Boswell, Leonard L. [D-IA-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Udall, Mark [D-CO-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] 05/06/2008
Rep. Wexler, Robert [D-FL-19] 05/06/2008
Rep. Barrow, John [D-GA-12] 05/06/2008
Rep. Berry, Marion [D-AR-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Moore, Dennis [D-KS-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Gordon, Bart [D-TN-6] 05/06/2008
Rep. Wu, David [D-OR-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Tanner, John S. [D-TN-8] 05/06/2008
Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Snyder, Vic [D-AR-2] 05/06/2008
Rep. Hill, Baron P. [D-IN-9] 05/06/2008
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 05/06/2008
Rep. Richardson, Laura [D-CA-37] 05/06/2008
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 05/06/2008
Rep. Sestak, Joe [D-PA-7] 05/07/2008
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. Inslee, Jay [D-WA-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Jefferson, William J. [D-LA-2] 05/07/2008
Rep. Kennedy, Patrick J. [D-RI-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. Baca, Joe [D-CA-43] 05/07/2008
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-11] 05/07/2008
Rep. Boren, Dan [D-OK-2] 05/07/2008
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14] 05/07/2008
Rep. McIntyre, Mike [D-NC-7] 05/07/2008
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-17] 05/07/2008
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-17] 05/07/2008
Rep. Cardoza, Dennis A. [D-CA-18] 05/07/2008
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-5] 05/07/2008
Rep. Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [D-MI-13] 05/07/2008
Rep. Hall, John J. [D-NY-19] 05/07/2008
Rep. Bean, Melissa L. [D-IL-8] 05/07/2008
Rep. Rodriguez, Ciro D. [D-TX-23] 05/07/2008
Rep. Mollohan, Alan B. [D-WV-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 05/07/2008
Rep. Carnahan, Russ [D-MO-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. Emanuel, Rahm [D-IL-5] 05/07/2008
Rep. Delahunt, William D. [D-MA-10] 05/07/2008
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] 05/07/2008
Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large] 05/07/2008
Rep. Towns, Edolphus [D-NY-10] 05/07/2008
Rep. Christensen, Donna M. [D-VI-At Large] 05/07/2008
Rep. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8] 05/07/2008
Rep. Davis, Artur [D-AL-7] 05/07/2008
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-23] 05/07/2008
Rep. Etheridge, Bob [D-NC-2] 05/07/2008
Rep. Brown, Corrine [D-FL-3] 05/07/2008
Rep. Tierney, John F. [D-MA-6] 05/07/2008
Rep. Mitchell, Harry E. [D-AZ-5] 05/07/2008
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-8] 05/07/2008
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] 05/07/2008
Rep. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT-5] 05/07/2008
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] 05/07/2008
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-16] 05/07/2008
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-15] 05/07/2008
Rep. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA-7] 05/07/2008
Rep. Filner, Bob [D-CA-51] 05/07/2008
Rep. Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [D-OH-11] 05/07/2008
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Olver, John W. [D-MA-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14] 05/07/2008
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-15] 05/07/2008
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] 05/07/2008
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 05/07/2008
Rep. Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Pomeroy, Earl [D-ND-At Large] 05/07/2008
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-1] 05/07/2008
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-17] 05/07/2008
Rep. Sanchez, Loretta [D-CA-47] 05/08/2008
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-9] 05/08/2008
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-11] 05/08/2008
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] 05/08/2008
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] 05/08/2008
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] 05/08/2008
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-5] 05/08/2008
Rep. Fortuno, Luis G. [R-PR-At Large] 05/08/2008
Rep. Wynn, Albert Russell [D-MD-4] 05/08/2008
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-20] 05/08/2008
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] 05/08/2008
Rep. Boyd, Allen [D-FL-2] 05/08/2008
Rep. Wilson, Charles A. [D-OH-6] 05/08/2008

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Education and Labor07/12/2007 Referred to
04/30/2008 Markup by
05/08/2008 Reported by H. Rept. 110-623
House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education09/11/2007 Referred to
09/11/2007 Discharged from
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions08/01/2008 Referred to

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Subjects (103)


Latest Summary (3)

There are 3 summaries for H.R.3021. View summaries

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Passed House amended (06/04/2008)

21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act - Title I: Grants for Modernization, Renovation, or Repair of School Facilities - (Sec. 102) Requires the Secretary of Education to make grants to states for the modernization, renovation, or repair of public schools, including public charter schools, to make them safe, healthy, high-performing, and technologically up-to-date.

Allocates grant funds among states on the basis of the relative portion of school improvement funds provided to local educational agencies (LEAs) in each state under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Reserves 1% of the grant funds for assistance to outlying areas and Indian schools.

Requires states to reallocate such grant funds to LEAs on the basis of each LEA's share of school improvement funds received by LEAs in the state for the previous fiscal year.

Allows LEA grantees to give priority to projects in public secondary schools recognized as Science and Technology High Schools or as schools having science and technology programs.

Title II: Supplemental Grants for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama - (Sec. 202) Requires the Secretary to make grants to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for the construction, modernization, renovation, or repair of public schools, including public charter schools, to make them safe, healthy, high-performing, and technologically up-to-date.

Allocates grant funds among such states on the basis of each state's share of schools closed for at least 60 days during the period between August 29 and December 31, 2005, due to Hurricane Katrina or Rita.

Requires such states to reallocate such grant funds to LEAs on the basis of each LEA's share of such schools in the state.

Title III: General Provisions - (Sec. 301) Prohibits LEAs from using this Act's grants: (1) for maintenance costs, stadiums, or facilities used primarily for events for which the public is charged admission; (2) to supplant funds otherwise available for school modernization, renovation, repair, and construction efforts; or (3) to purchase carbon offsets.

Prohibits states from considering LEAs' receipt of this Act's grants in determining their eligibility for state aid or the amount of state aid they receive.

(Sec. 303) Conditions LEA grant eligibility on LEA and state spending for free public education remaining above specified levels. Requires states to reduce the amount of grant funds available to LEAs by the proportion by which LEAs' spending falls below such levels. Directs the Secretary to waive such maintenance of effort requirements if such waiver is justified by exceptional or uncontrollable circumstances, or the precipitous decline in an LEA's financial resources.

(Sec. 304) Requires grantees' contracting procedures for school modernization, renovation, repair, and construction to ensure the maximum number of qualified bidders through full and open competition.

(Sec. 305) Requires the iron and steel used in projects funded under this Act to have been produced in this country, subject to specified exceptions.

(Sec. 306) Requires all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of work assisted under this Act to be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar work in the locality.

(Sec. 307) Directs LEA grantees to use a percentage of their grant, rising in 10% increments from 50% in FY2009 to 90% in FY2013, for public school modernization, renovation, repairs, or construction that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating standards, Energy Star standards, Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria, Green Building Initiative environmental design and rating standards (Green Globes), or equivalent standards adopted by the entities that have jurisdiction over such LEAs.

Requires the Secretary to provide outreach and technical assistance to states and LEAs concerning the best practices in school modernization, renovation, repair, and construction.

(Sec. 308) Directs: (1) LEAs to submit to their states, and make publicly available, annual reports describing their use of such grant funds; (2) states to submit annually to the Secretary a compilation of the information received from their LEAs; and (3) the Secretary to report to Congress annually on grants made under this Act.

(Sec. 309) Authorizes appropriations for this Act's grant programs for FY2009-FY2013.

(Sec. 310) Prohibits this Act's grants from being used: (1) to employ workers who are illegal aliens or whose status has not been ascertained using the employment verification system; or (2) by LEAs that do not require a criminal background check on all their employees.