H.Res. 370 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) on April 27, 2009. Note: The final text of H.Res. 370 that will be considered on the floor is different from the Committee reported language of May 6, 2009.
H.Res. 370 resolves that the House of Representatives expresses support for the goals and ideals of "National Healthy Schools Day."
Some Members may have concerns with the following findings in the bill, in light of the House considering a green schools construction bill later in the week:
- "Whereas the Nation's schools spend approximately $8,000,000,000 a year on energy costs, causing officials to make very difficult decisions on cutting back much needed academic programs in efforts to maintain heat and electricity;
- "Whereas new building construction, especially new school buildings, should be designed to optimize energy efficiency, lower energy costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions; and
- "Whereas healthy and high performance schools designed to reduce energy and maintenance costs, provide cleaner air, improve lighting, and reduce exposures to toxic substances provide a healthier and safer learning environment for children and improved academic achievement and well-being."