From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: Education Vote Shows Republicans Choose Tax Cuts Over Textbooks

July 10, 2003
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider

Washington, 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.

"This bill clearly defines the differences between the parties -- not a single Democrat voted to support this drastic disservice to our nation's education needs.

"By voting 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 rhetoric.

"And why? Because of the Republican Party’s 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.

"Democrats 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.

"This bill fails on all accounts, and, in doing so, it fails parents, fails children, and it fails America."





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