TRENTON - Democrats in the New Jersey Senate have granted themselves subpoena power to force a fired education commissioner and a consultant to testify about an unsuccessful federal grant application.

The application for the "Race To The Top" grant failed in part because the state supplied budget information for the wrong year.

The failed application cost New Jersey schools $400 million in federal funding.

A resolution granting limited subpoena power to a committee investigating the failed grant was approved Thursday in a 21-14 party-line vote.

It will compel former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler to appear before Legislative Oversight Committee, along with the consultant that helped the state compile the application.

Republicans say the subpoena is unnecessary because Schundler has admitted the mistake.

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AP wires contributed to the report.