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globally. we have exerted our leadership multilaterally. our leadership in the u.n. is as strong as it has ever been, and our bishop and respect around the globe is equally strong. if putin is program to take you to the house of representatives as part of c-span's more than 40-year commitment to live gavel-to-gavel coverage of congress. members are expected to debate legislation that allows schools to use prepandemic enrollment numbers when applying for certain federal aid. now live to the floor of the house here on c-span. . for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, s.2959 -- s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2959. an act to provide that due to
the disruptions caused by covid-19, applications for impact aid funding for fiscal year 202023 may use certain data submitted in the fiscal year 2022 application. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, and the gentleman from utah, mr. owens, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to urge members to support the supplemental impact aid flexibility act introduced by the senator from minnesota, ms. smith, and the senator from south dakota, mr. theun, in the senate. the companion bill was introduced by the gentleman from
connecticut, mr. courtney, and the gentleman from south dakota, mr. johnson. it is difficult to understate the importance of impact aid to our nation's children. for over 07 years this program has been -- 70 years this program has been critical to ensuring that schools who serve children connected with federal lands have the resources to help their students thrive. unlike most public schools in america, these schools do not receive funding from property taxes from these federal assets and this means that without impact aid, because they still have to educate the children attached to those assets, this means that without impact aid, schools serving the children connected to military bases, affordable how it'sing units -- housing units or native americans on reservations and many other institutions would be significantly shortchanged and therefore unable to offer high-quality education. need for this program is now greater than ever as our school communities grapple with the
resurgence of covid-19. in response, democrats and republicans worked together in the last congress, led by, again, the gentleman from connecticut and the gentleman from south dakota, to enact the impact aid coronavirus relief act that ensured that during the pandemic schools continued to have impact to aid funding that impacted their student populations, whether or not those students could be counted as physically in those schools because of the complications created by the coronavirus pandemic. today we have the responsibility to once again join together and provide schools the support and flexibility they need to serve their students. supplemental impact aid flexibility act would go a long way to ensure all students who go to school in this country will have access to high-quality education. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation and reserve the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. owens: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 2959, the supplemental impact aid flexibility act. this bill would allow school districts participating in the impact aid program to use previously reported student head counts on the impact aid applications for 2022 and 2023 school years. impact aid supplements funding for schools and students in areas that collect less in local property taxes. school districts that receive impact aid payments include those with military bases, indian reservations and federal low-income housing in or near school districts. the covid-19 pandemic has take an bill toll on school districts across the country. it's especially difficult for federally impacted schools district to calculate head counts due to fluctuation during the pandemic. head counts determine how much aid school districts receive.
there are more than 1,000 of them. this aid helps pay for salaries,s butting, tech -- bussing, technology, and other support for students. this bill shows that impact aid recipients would not be affected negatively by the pandemic and temporary following en-- falling enrollments that have resulted. this frees up valuable time and resources to help students while schools maintain a reliable source of funding as they address the academic, social, emotional and safety needs of the students. this bill will have no impact on government spending because impact aid is a diskritionary program -- discretionary program. the trade association for impact school districts and national association for federally impacted schools is strongly supportive of this bill. this is similar to the one signed into law by president trump on december 4, 2020. i urge my colleagues to support s. 2959. i reserve the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney, the sponsor of the house version of the bill, such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the bipartisan impact aid flexibility act, senate bill 2959, which is a companion bill to house bill 6126 which i introduced on december 2, 2021. i want to begin by thanking chairman scott and ranking member foxx and her representative this evening, mrd labor committee and the committee staff for accelerating consideration of this important measure which provides federal support to 11 million k-12 schoolchildren across america and whose passage is very time-sensitive. which i'll explain in a minute. mr. speaker, federal impact aid is our nation's oldest k-12 federal education program. impact aid has its origins in 1821 when congress first
authorized support for schools to educate military-dependent children. in 1934, congress passed the johnson-o'malley act which extended help to school districts located at federally recognized tribal lands. congress recognized that like military school districts, kids residing on native american tribal lands, which were not subject to state or local taxation to fund schools, deserved assistance. in 1950, president harry truman signed into law statutory framework for impact aid which still stands today. impact aid is an important statement to communities that host children who reside in our connect -- and are connected to federal property and facilities. namely that the nation will not force them to bear a disproportionate cost to public education. mr. speaker, i'm proud to represent a district with two of those host communities. gratten is the home of our nation's oldest navy submarine base with approximately 9,000 sailors and officers who work every day to protect our nation.
leger is the town next door where many personnel live. gratten has over 1,000 navy kids. ledgered is also the site of a tribal nation. impact aid is critical to these towns' school budgets. the bill before us addresses an urgent logistical problem with impact aid unless we act, which will harm military and tribal districts all across the country. namely the obstacle created by covid to get an accurate head count of eligible students which must be filed with the u.s. department of education by january 31. 12 days from now. and that, again, is the time-sensitive urgency this evening. military and tribal districts across the country have reported that covid restrictions have slowed down the paperwork process and this hindrance will result in an undercount and thus an art physically low federal reimbursement. the impact aid flexibility act will solve this problem in an elegant way by simply carrying over last year's student census, thus ensuring that no impact aid district will be harmed
financially. this is a one-year fix. the same as the fix that last congress passed in december, 2020. the impact aid coronavirus leaf act, which i sponsored with my republican colleague, dusty johnson of south dakota. mr. speaker, this vote is being watched nervously by school officials and military staff all across the nation. such as gratten school superintendent susan austin, leger superintendent and the navy school liaison officer at gratten subbase new london who have worked with the national association of federally impacted schools and i salute them and all their colleagues across the country for their work raising this issue before congress. the bill before us has already passedded the u.s. senate unanimously and has the support of the biden administration. it's a bill that keeps the promise to host communities that a high quality education will not be denied because of military service or tribal recognition. i urge the house to pass this bill tonight with an overwhelming vote of confidence and thanks for those who wear the uniform of this country in our tribal nations and their
families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. owens: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. alan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. allen: thank you, mr. speaker. the impact aid program represents the federal government's promise to provide school districts with additional assistance when property taxes are lower because of the presence of military, federal or tribal lands. every year affected school districts take count of the federally connected student lose it a take-home survey. this head count determines the district's impact aid reimbursement which can help pay for teachers' salaries, technology and student support services. throughout the pandemic, school systems across the nation have worked through many challenges to continue serving students. conducting these impact aid surveys have been no different. that is why the supplemental impact aid flexibility act will allow school districts to reuse
their f-22 student counts and property tax data when submitting their upcoming f.y.2023 applications at the end of january. this additional reporting flexibility will be helpful to many of the 1,100 federally impacted school districts, including richmond county in my district, which serves the great community of fort gordon and our great base there, the u.s. army installation. i am proud to support the supplemental impact aid flexibility act. i believe that it will provide much-needed assurance for school systems and i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i'm prepared to close. so i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized.
mr. owens: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. russell wilson thank you -- mr. wilson: thank you. i fliez support of the supplemental impact aid flex county act. the pandemic has had a traumatic impact on our school systems and the way students are learning. both in and out of the classroom. many parents have made the decision to home school their children due it uncertainty around vaccine and mask mandates in schools. many resources of both local educational agencies are dedicated to fighting the pandemic. it has also become a burden to them to maintain accurate count of federally connected students. i am grateful for the bipartisan leadership today of chairman bobby scott and ranking member virginia foxx who support this legislation. it takes proactive measures to ensuring that teachers and students are adequately supported when returning to the
classroom. by allowing local educational agencies to use the same number of federally connected students they enrolled in their fiscal 2022 applications as they do fiscal year 2023 applications. we can allow them to focus on recovering from the pandemic and serve the children of the united states service members adequately. as they represent -- as a representative of fort jackson in south carolina, and also nearbyport jackson, georgia, namely represented by congressman rick allen, we have multiple beneficiaries of impact aid funding. i am grateful to support this legislation and encourage my colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina yields back. the gentleman from utah reserves. mr. owens: i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. owens: yes, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i
reserve the balance of my time. and i believe that the gentleman from utah is about to close and i'll close after he speaks. the speaker pro tempore: ok. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. owens: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of my time. the sum mem impact aid flexibility act ensures that students and schools relying on impact aid will not be affected negatively by the pandemic. specifically the bill allows schools to use their previously reported pay counts so that services for students -- that students rely on will continue. this frees up administrators to use their valuable time and resources addressing the educational needs of the students. students in over 1,000 federally impacted districts deserve the resources they receive from the impact aid program. this aid helps pay for a wide range of services that students rely on from bussing, technology, toadcational support services -- to educational support services. i encourage my colleagues to support s. 2959 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah yields back.
the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, over the last few years, congress has taken historic steps to help schools scools recover from the pandemic. because we know that every school and every student and every family has felt tragic effects of covid-19. however, we cannot fully achieve that goal if we fail to address the unique challenges facing schools that serve students connected with military bases, affordable housing, native american reservations and other federal properties. last congress democrats and republicans came together azarenka and as a nation tackled the first strain of covid-19, we came together to address these challenges and to provide urgent support for impact aid schools. now as we confront a new covid threat, we must provide the support the federally connected children need under the federal impact aid program. by providing the support and
flexibility of this legislation, we'll help ensure that impact aid schools can keep their teachers and staff on the payroll, can purchase textbooks and learning supplies and keep the lights on in their classrooms. and this this will bill will ene that students have access to a quality education. i thank the senator from minnesota and senator from south dakota and in the house, the gentleman from connecticut, and the gentleman from south dakota for sponsoring the legislation and the gentleman from utah, mrd mr. allen and mr.~wilson for help in advancing this bill. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia yields
back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2959. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair -- for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition? mr. scott: i ask for a recorded vote pursuant to section 3-s of rule 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule