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U.S. House Approves Bill That Would Reduce Exposure to Noise in Classrooms

The U.S. House of Representatives considered and passed H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, by a margin of 253-171. The legislation intends to boost Pell Grant scholarships, keep interest rates on federal loans affordable, and create a more reliable and effective financial aid system. The legislation also provides funding for school construction, modernization, and renovation projects, and includes a provision aimed at reducing classroom noise and improving the acoustical environment.

Thank you to the thousands of ASHA members who advocated for the inclusion of classroom noise reduction provisions. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration. For additional information about H.R.3221, please contact Neil A. Snyder, ASHA's Director of Federal Advocacy, at nsnyder@asha.org   800-498-2071 , ext. 5614.

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