Rep. Richmond Calls for Preservation of Education Funding

February 28, 2011

During the debate on the 2011 Continuing Resolution, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02) took to the House Floor calling for a preservation of funding for public education.

His remarks are as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: President Obama challenged us to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world, in order compete globally. We can and must educate our way to a more prosperous future.  

"Through the Continuing Resolution, Congressional Republicans are handicapping our kids by recklessly slashing education funding. Instead of equipping our kids to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build, this resolution prepares kids to under-perform, under-whelm, and under-achieve.

"Across America, over 127,000 pre-schoolers will be kicked out of head start. Instead of setting up kids for success, this Continuing Resolution dooms them for failure.

"Over 131,000 students will see their afterschool programs reduced or eliminated-- even though afterschool programs improve academic success.

"Over 1.4 million college students will see their Pell Grants cut—even though education is best way to escape poverty.   

"This resolution plays politics with our children's futures and our children will lose.

"Mr. Speaker, I will say that this Continuing Resolution is a train wreck for Louisiana and a train wreck for our country."