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Kline, Paulsen bills on House GOP’s spring agenda

WASHINGTON — Kline’s bill focuses on charter schools; Paulsen’s looks to combat sex trafficking.

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan bills from Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen are among those set to receive votes from the U.S. House in the next few weeks.

With Congress returning from a two-week recess on Monday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent a memo to members last week outlining the House’s agenda for the rest of the spring.

Next week the House will vote on a bill from Kline, the chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, meant to boost high-performing charter schools, and allow states to replicate their efforts, by combing two federal grant programs. Kline introduced the bill, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, earlier this month with Rep. George Miller, the ranking Democrat on the committee.

Legislation from Paulsen is included in a suite of bills the House will consider in May to combat human trafficking. Paulsen’s bill, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, pushes states to develop safe harbor laws to protect and rehabilitate children who are trafficked. The House Judiciary Committee is set to mark up the bill this week.

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Also on the agenda: three spending bills, tax legislation, health care measures and a vote to hold a former IRS official in contempt for refusing to testify to Congress.

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