The $520 billion omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Clinton on Oct. 21 provides $773 million for school technology and training. This spending bill represents approximately one-third of the $1.7 trillion expected to go into the full federal budget for fiscal 1999.
On Oct. 20, the bill passed in the Senate 65 to 29, shortly after the House voted 333 to 95 to pass the bill. Receiving the measure only hours before the roll call, many lawmakers complained they had too little time to consider the 40-pound, 3,800-page bill and that it contained too many spending provisions.
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