Leading Democrats in the House control the federal government’s appropriations. They have the power of the purse, given to the House of Representatives by the Constitution (do Donald and Betsy know that?). They have a message for Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos: Bo bullying.

July 9, 2020

Katelynn Thorpe (DeLauro), 202-225-1599
Bob Schwalbach (Sablan), 202-309-5787

Chairs DeLauro and Sablan Respond to Trump Administration’s Threats to Defund Public Education

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI), Chair of the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and Labor Subcommittee released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s threats to defund public education if schools do not fully reopen:

“The Trump administration attempting to utilize desperately needed relief aid to bully schools into prematurely opening is shameful and reckless. Once again, this administration is prioritizing its political agenda over the health and safety of our nation’s children. Congress has not and will not grant the administration the authority to withhold federal funds from local school districts that are following the advice of health experts to safely reopen. Any forthcoming relief package will require the administration promptly and faithfully deliver this aid to public schools.

“We refuse to allow the president or Secretary DeVos to take advantage of a global pandemic to dismantle public education. Parents, teachers, and health experts want schools to reopen safely, and House Democrats are working to invest the resources needed to do just that.”