Education Funding a 'Defining Vote for Republican Party'
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D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman George
Miller, and representatives from education groups held a news conference
this morning to discuss the education funding gap in the House Republican
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill,
which is expected to be on the House floor this week. They also
released a new report with a state by state analysis of the Republicans'
broken promises on education. The report can be found here. Below
are Leader Pelosi's remarks:
you for joining us. I am pleased to be joined by my colleague George
Miller, the Ranking Member on the Education and the Workforce Committee
and a great champion for the education of Americas children
and every other quality of life issue for Americas families;
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, a very senior member of the Education
and the Workforce Committee and a champion for children, as well;
Luis Alfonso Torres, a student at Georgetown University is with
us; and Dr. Bill Dean, the Superintendent of Frederick County Public
Schools in Virginia.
We also have a number of representatives from education groups
here today, and I would like to thank them all for joining us and
especially acknowledge the Committee for Education Funding and their
member organizations for being here. Good morning. Thank you for
in Congress have promised time and time again, with great fanfare,
to Leave No Child Behind. And, yet again, the Republicans
have broken that promise with their appropriations bill. It is $8
billion below the funding level of the Leave No Child Behind
bill, leaving millions of children behind.
is the defining vote for the Republican Party. If they vote for
this bill then all of the statements they have made about claiming
to support education are simply unreal. Republicans cannot proclaim
their commitment to our nations schools and then withhold
their support. They cannot tell our children and parents we care
about schools and then watch our decaying classrooms fill with greater
numbers of unprepared students.
are so smart. We tell them to value education, that it is important
to their self-fulfillment in their lives, that it is important to
their learning capacity when they are out of school, that it is
important to our country. We tell them this, to value education,
and yet we, the Congress of the United States, will not commit the
resources to their education that says that we truly value it.
hear a mixed message, and they think that we truly dont value
their education. And when you see the Republican proposal that will
be going forward this week that would be the appropriate statement.
we are releasing today shows that education funding is being cut
in every state. Across the board, Republicans have broken their
understand that an investment in education is an investment in the
strength of our economy.
are failing parents, are failing children, and are failing America.
It is time for the Republicans to make good on their promises and
fund the No Child Left Behind bipartisan legislation.