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|Long title||Reorganization Act of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare|
|Nicknames||Brighton-Ribicoff Act, DRA|
|Enacted by||the 96th United States Congress|
The Department Reorganization Act of 1979 is a bill proposed by Democratic Representative Terrence Brighton of New York. The bill states that Department of Health, Education, and Welfare should be separated into the Department of Health, Department of Education, and Department of Welfare.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Representative Brighton introduced, for himself, the following bill:
To reorganize the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into separate departments
Section 1. This act shall hereafter be referred to as the Department Reorganization Act of 1979.
Section 2. This act deconstructs the federal executive department of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and creates three new federal executive departments: the Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Department of Welfare. This shall be effective after the next election in 1980.
Section 3. This act hereby establishes the executive cabinet positions of the Secretary of Health, the Secretary of Education, and the Secretary of Welfare. This shall be effective after the next election in 1980.
Section 4. With this act, the Congress hereby establishes the Department of Health. Under the law, the mission of the Department of Health is to:
- Enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans;
- Manage a wide array of health programs, including but not limited to: the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration;
- Prevent the outbreak and spread of diseases;
- Fund some of the most important medical research in the world; and
- Regulate food products and new pharmaceutical drugs.
Section 5. With this act, the Congress hereby establishes the Department of Education. Under the law, the mission of the Department of Education is to:
- Strengthen the federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
- Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
- Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in federal education programs;
- Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
- Improve the coordination of federal education programs;
- Improve the management of federal education activities; and
- Increase the accountability of federal education programs to the president, the Congress, and the public.
Section 6. With this act, the Congress hereby establishes the Department of Welfare. Under the law, the mission of the Department of Welfare is to:
- Provide essential human services and welfare for those who are least able to help themselves in a cost-effective way; and
- Manage and provide a wide array of welfare programs, including but not limited to: Medicare and Social Security;
- Q1 1979 - Introduced by Representative Terrence Brighton
- Q1 1979 - Debated on the floor of the House of Representatives