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House Committee Votes to Cut PEP Funding

Shortly after the Department of Education announced $78 million in funding for FY2011 physical education programming for America’s schools, the House Committee on Education & Workforce voted 23-16 to cut the funding from the FY2012 budget. The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), provides competitive grants to school districts and community organizations to offer high quality physical education to students and teach America’s youth about the importance of exercise and healthy living.

“It’s a tough time right now for health promotion legislation,” said Helen Durkin, Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy at IHRSA. “But I hope lawmakers will realize the positive economic and health impacts bills like PEP will have on our nation’s economy and well-being, especially of our children. They made the right choice for FY11 and I have faith that they will make the same decision for FY12.”

The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives, however, the Senate has expressed strong opposition to the measure.

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