Lt. Governor David Dewhurst today released the fo llowing statement on passage of HR 1586 in the United States Senate. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (HR 1586) includes an amendment singling out Texas, effectively making the state ineligible for nearly $1 billion in federal education funds.
"I'm very disappointed Congressional Democrats would hold Texas school children and teachers hostage for an unconstitutional promise. The only thing this flawed legislation guarantees is Texas public schools will miss out on nearly $1 billion in federal education funding. Not only is Texas constitutionally prohibited from meeting the severe restrictions placed on our state in order to receive these funds, but no other state in the nation is subject to the punitive requirements of the "Doggett language." Today I am calling on all members of the Texas Congressional delegation to stop this Texas-bashing amendment from passing and punishing our public school children."