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Bonamici Statement on Education Provisions in Bipartisan Government Funding Bill

May 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [05/03/17] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, the Vice Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement on education provisions in legislation to fund the federal government through September 2017:

“This is not a perfect bill, but it funds and protects many priorities that are important to my constituents in Oregon and people around the country, and it restores some confidence in our economy. By preventing a harmful government shutdown, Congress can now focus on important matters such as helping working families, supporting vulnerable populations at home and abroad, and growing the economy.

“As a leader on the Education and the Workforce Committee, I am committed to making sure that all students can receive a quality education, from pre-K through college. This bill includes some provisions that support students, including year-round Pell grants and an increase in Head Start funding. I am disappointed, however, that Congress has raided the Pell Grant reserve fund to pay for other programs at a time when hard-working families are struggling to afford college. I am also concerned that the bill reauthorizes the program that funds vouchers for private schools in Washington, DC, despite a recent report showing negative outcomes for students. And I am disappointed that the omnibus bill woefully underfunds the Student Support Academic Enrichment Grants program authorized under the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act.

“In Oregon, I hear from families of all backgrounds who are struggling to get by. I am pleased to see House leadership work together to craft a bipartisan omnibus bill and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on more bipartisan agreements that will keep our communities safe, support public education, protect our natural resources, and create good jobs for the 21st Century economy.”

Click here to read Bonamici’s full statement for the Congressional Record.