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Secure Rural School Act Breezes Through U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. — The tax extender package, which includes the extension of the Secure Rural School and Community Self Determination Act, breezed right through the Senate in Washington, D.C. early Tuesday evening by a vote of 93-2.

Tuolumne County School Superintendent Joe Silva felt the package would pass by 64 votes and was absolutely ecstatic when his contingent learned of the final tally.

Tomorrow the package will move on to the House of Representatives with a vote expected Thursday evening. Silva adds that the great majority of those he and his group have contacted (more than 50 Congressional offices in a day-and-a-half) are in favor of the bill. The deciding factor will rest on the remaining bills in the package. If they amount to a heavy tax burden the Republicans will probably be against passage.

By Thursday Silva and his group hope to visit 450 Congressional offices in an effort to secure no less than a one year extension of the Act which would bring $2.6 million to Tuolumne County. One million dollars would be allocated for schools, a like amount for roads and $400,000 for the Resource Advisory Committee.

Joining Silva on the trip are CAO Craig Pedro, Summerville High School and Twain Harte-Long Barn Superintendent Dr. John Keiter, Sonora Elementary Superintendent Margie Bulkin and her Emmy Award winning cinematographer husband Gary who is filming the entire trip.

Written by Bill Johnson