The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment that would protect educational trips from lobbying reform. The entire bill passed Wednesday night on a narrow, party-line vote of 217-213. Democrats said Republican reforms do not go far enough, but all members agreed to an amendment that permits educational travel. The Jewish community, led by the United Jewish Communities federation umbrella group, lobbied hard for the amendment, fearing it could affect education about Israel, Darfur and other areas. The Senate passed a bill with a similar amendment, and the travel protections are likely to become law.
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