Federal Legislation
August 29, 2002

H.R. 5203—Education Savings and School Excellence Permanence Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA will keep you informed as this matter progresses. Thanks to all who made the efforts to call their Congressman in support of the bill.


Official purpose: To provide that the education savings incentives of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 shall be permanent, and for other purposes.

Introduced July 24, 2002 by Rep Kenny C. Hulshof (R-MO 9th)



7/24/2002:Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
9/4/2002:Mr. Hulshof moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5203 was considered under suspension of the rules. At the conclusion of debate, Yeas and Nays were ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed. H.R. 5203 considered as unfinished business.
9/4/2002:On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 213-188.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA supports H.R. 5203. Currently, the ESA law only allows homeschoolers to participate if they are considered private schools under state law. H.R. 5203 will amend the present ESA law and give all homeschoolers a chance to participate in the education savings plan. Because it is a suspension bill and can't be amended under the House rules, it needs a 2/3-majority vote to pass.

 Other Resources

  Education Savings Accounts

H.R. 5203 (pdf)

Action Alert Update on Education Savings Accounts Vote 9/6/2002

Update on Education Savings Accounts Vote 9/5/2002

Action Alert-Vote on Education Savings Accounts 9/4/2002

Action Alert--Vote Tomorrow on Education Savings Accounts 9/3/2002