Republicans in House Back Increase for Pell Grants

Republican lawmakers on a key House of Representatives committee are urging the party's leaders to fight for a $400 increase in the maximum Pell Grant as they negotiate with the Clinton administration on a final budget for the 2001 fiscal year.

In a letter late last month, 11 of the 27 Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce asked Rep. J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, the speaker of the House, to request that "any additional funds made available in the upcoming