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1996-2001: Reauthorizing the National Environmental Education Act

In 1996, the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) of 1990 expired. Since then, many Members of Congress have introduced legislation to reauthorize the NEEA. While none of these bills have passed both the House and the Senate, they each garnered a healthy following of Members of both sides of the aisle. These efforts include:

·The National Environmental Education Amendments Act of 1996

Although this bill (S. 1873 / H.R.3645) did not pass the House of Representatives, it did pass the US Senate. It was sponsored by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and by Representative Scott Klug (R-WI), along with bipartisan co-sponsors.

· The National Environmental Education Amendments Act of 1998

This bill (S. 2359 / H.R.3441) passed neither the House of Representatives nor the US Senate. Again, it was sponsored by Senator James
Inhofe
(R-OK) and by Representative Scott Klug (R-WI), along with bipartisan co-sponsors.

· The John H. Chafee Environmental Education Act of 2000

Named in honor of the late Senator John H. Chafee?an active advocate of environmental causes?this bill (S.1946 / H.R.4745) passed the US Senate by unanimous consent. It did not, however, pass the House. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Michael Castle (R-DE) sponsored the bill amidst EE?s usual bipartisan co-sponsors.

· The John H. Chafee Environmental Education Act of 2001

Sponsored again by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), this bill (S.876) did not pass the Senate, nor have a companion bill introduced in the House. It did have several bipartisan co-sponsors.