May 14th, 2009
01:47 PM ET
6 years ago

House passes 'green schools' bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House on Thursday passed a $6.4 billion school modernization bill that would commit funds for the construction and update of more energy-efficient school buildings.

The measure passed 275-155 in a largely party-line vote, and will now move to the Senate for further review.

Among other things, the bill allocates substantial funds for improvements along the Gulf Coast, where many school districts are still struggling to repair buildings damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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  1. Annette

    Okay, now that the bill has passed. Uh, let's not forget about the District of Columbia receiving funds for this kind of modernatization. District is always left out when it comes to educational/maintenance needs. It's time the District gets it fair share. After all we are Tax without no representation, which means technically, the District is funding other states???? HELLO!

    May 14, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Tracy M.

    So I guess, in the interests of protecting the middle class, public school-attending voters and supporting students and teachers, the Republicans all voted for it and Democrats against? Oh, no, wait. . .

    May 14, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Is this a way for schools whose neighborhoods are not willing to pay higher tax rates to build new schools can do it on the the federal tax payers pockets. Schools are local and if you want a big fancy school you should pay for it, then maybe the kids will take better care of it.

    May 14, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Chris

    Good for the DEMS!!!! i like the fact that we're thinking of the future......

    May 14, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. d1 yard gal

    Why don't people start making houses out of reinforced concrete with steel? It resists fire, tornados, hurricanes, and termites. Ask the people in the Caribbean or South Florida. For crying out loud, we put men on the moon, when are we going to build strong safe houses? In fact, if we had built strong masonry block plastered houses, we would not have had a housing crisis with a crashing economy. And...best of all..... masonry block houses are GREEN!

    May 14, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Jason

    Is this the best way to spend money? Going green is not the most important item in our economy during this time. To me, this is a waste of money done by our ignorant and irresponsible Congress. Now I'm sure people will say it will create jobs. True, however it will not create jobs now or at least not enough jobs at this moment that the people need. Going Green is an expensive, new creation that does not need any immediate attention. Let's work on green slowly over time when the government actually has money to spend on it.

    May 14, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. tim

    Amazing story to have people comment on CNN... lets talk about Pelosi and her bull....

    Hey Pelosi... get your head out of the sand and think for yourself.

    Waaaaaaaa, Waaaaaaa they mislead me!!!

    Sounds like Waaaaaa, Waaaaaaa, they didn't tell me I was smoking pot.

    May 14, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. 228rory

    Party of NO

    May 14, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Kristin

    That;s great – but who builds it? In the midwest we have tons of laid off union carpenters- my husband being one of them. The unions training facility is still being filled with joe schmoe off the street. They are still teaching the same old way. They need to take all the laid off EXPERIENCED builders and "retool" them on building green. The unions here are flooding the markets with cheap union labor while all the guys like my hubby- a journeyman carpenter- have put their time in and who's benefits are blowing right out the window.

    May 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Josh P

    Now how about we get $6 billion for schoolbooks/computers/other basic needs that our schools desperately need?

    May 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Cheryl

    As a teacher I can say that very many of our nations schools are in pathetic shape. I have been in schools where there are snow drifts on the window ledges in the winter, buckets throughout the hallways when it rains and mold growing on the walls and ceilings. Schools are also big for lead paint and causing lead poisioning in kids. In my district we are on a 20 year cycle for painting and many buildings are 50 to 100 years old with little to no remodeling done in that time. Technology is difficult because of ancient and inadequate wiring. The schools should never have been allowed to degenerate this much, it would probably be cheaper to tear most of them down.

    May 14, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. elliott

    What a load of crap........the green Religion strikes again.......*vomit*

    May 14, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Wow, unemployment keeps increasing and the Pelosi / Obama crowd keep buying Ferrari schools. Another $2.5 billion, and schools would have received as much as ACRON.

    May 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Allen

    Get ready to open up your wallets middle class taxpayers. obama is spending more money we don't have again.

    May 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Peter E

    They could have used that same money to hire more qualified teachers. But it's politics as usual, all show, no principle.

    May 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Jack Burleson

    Anything those democrats could do would give our schoolkids cancer. But that won't matter, will it, Pelosi, as long as things go green?

    May 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Rick

    And where is THIS money going to come from?
    We can't even pay our teachers a proper wage or fund things like Physical Education classes.
    It's no wonder America is getting fatter.
    We can have green schools, but it will be full of fat kids who will be taught in a classroom with a 50 to 1 student teacher ratio.

    May 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Rick

    And to those bashing the Reps for voting against it, this is a WASTE of tax payer money.
    Fix the education system first.
    Pay the teachers a real wage and supply them with ALL the tools they need to properly educate our kids. Bring back a real education first.
    THEN they can worry about swapping light bulbs.

    May 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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