House Rules sets Tuesday hearing for DC school-voucher bill

The House Rules Committee on Tuesday will meet to approve a rule for considering H.R. 471, a bill that would revive the D.C. school-voucher program that expired in 2009. Approval of the rule is expected to lead to a House vote on the bill later in the week.

The bill is sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has made a point of bringing the voucher program back after Democrats let it expire.

Boehner has indicated that support for the bill from the White House could help President Obama and House Republicans work together on education reform, but Obama so far has indicated opposition. The bill would provide education vouchers for needy students but also provide funding for D.C. public and charter schools.

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