Education Vote Shows Republicans Choose Tax Cuts Over Textbooks
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D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement following passage this evening of the House Republican
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill
by a party-line vote of 215 to 208:
"The Republican Appropriations bill passed by the House today
falls a staggering $8 billion below the funding level of the vaunted
'Leave No Child Behind Act,' leaving millions of children behind.
bill clearly defines the differences between the parties -- not
a single Democrat voted to support this drastic disservice to our
nation's education needs.
for this bill -- which does not make the investments in education
that Republicans claim to support -- Republicans have shown that
all of their rhetoric about supporting education is just that: empty
Because of the Republican Partys misplaced priorities. The
Republicans should look America's children in the face and tell
them the truth about what they believe: tax cuts for the wealthy
are more important than textbooks for your classroom.
understand that an investment in education is an investment in the
strength of our economy. We understand that to improve education,
we must improve teacher training. We must raise student achievement
in core subjects like reading and math. We must provide early childhood
education to help our children enter school ready to learn and after-school
centers to help them keep making progress.
bill fails on all accounts, and, in doing so, it fails parents,
fails children, and it fails America."