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Rep. Massie Proposes Bill to Abolish the Department of Education

Matthew Boyer
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February 13, 2017
education, capitalism, opinion

The Department of Education is facing turmoil under the new Trump Administration.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) filed a bill yesterday in Congress that would end the United States Department of Education at the end of 2018.

The legislation only mandates termination of the agency, and is only one sentence long.

"Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students” said Massie.

The bill, H.R. 899, is co-sponsored by Congressmen Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Raul Labrador.

A handful of other Republicans such as Reps. Andy Briggs (Ariz.) and Justin Amash (Mich.) have also signed on in support of the legislation.

Advocating for the abolition of the Department of Education isn’t anything new. Former President Ronald Reagan pushed to terminate the agency during his time in office.

Despite his unsuccessful bidding in the 1980s, calls to end the department are back under the current administration.

Massie has long been a member of the U.S. House Liberty Caucus, a Congressional caucus that strictly adheres to the U.S. Constitution with an emphasis on libertarian ideas pertaining to economic freedom and individual liberty.

The filing of H.R. 899 by Massie is timely in that the Senate recently confirmed Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

As a highly controversial cabinet pick, DeVos’ appointment was only made possible via a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The Vice President’s vote was historic in that it was the first time a VP was the deciding vote on a Cabinet nominee.

Her advocacy of school choice came under attack from Democratic senators and a few Republican senators.

Moreover, the DeVos family's contributions to the Trump campaign and Republican Party were used against her during the nomination process.

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