House Democrats are pushing a partisan infrastructure bill, H.R. 2, which includes school construction provisions that will result in increased costs to taxpayers, increased costs to states and school districts, and onerous new requirements for the entire education community.
On the House floor today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks:
"The Democrats’ school construction provisions in H.R. 2 will result in increased costs to taxpayers, increased costs to states and school districts, and crushing new requirements for the entire education community, all in exchange for limited grants to a handful of school districts.
"What’s worse, Democrats have inserted provisions of their radical Green New Deal in this bill to appease their far-left members. Schools will be forced to comply with burdensome “green” requirements. The costs to comply with these requirements could exceed the funding schools are being offered.
"This ill-advised bill also unnecessarily limits access to funds by charter schools, continuing Democrats’ relentless assault on any educational option that provides families a lifeline out of a failing school.
"H.R. 2 spends taxpayer dollars recklessly to advance bad ideas. This partisan bill is the wrong answer for students, teachers, and their communities."