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Student Success Act

Floor Speech

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Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the Miller substitute amendment and in strong opposition to the underlying bill which, as it is, drastically underfunds our education system and sets up our children and our Nation to fail.

Right now, the majority's bill freezes education funding through the end of the decade at just above the sequestration level in 2013. Compared to last year's level, this means a $570 million cut to education funding--one of our fundamental priorities as a Nation--for each of the next 5 years.

Nor does the majority's bill allow for annual increases due to inflation or enrollment growth. In effect, the majority is trying to lock in Federal education spending at a level far below what is needed and then simply walking away from our schools and our kids. And keep in mind, all of these cuts come on top of several earlier rounds of deep cuts by the majority to education spending.

Mr. Chairman, without access to quality education, there is no middle class. The compact is broken that allows hard work to pay off and allows future generations to do better. We cannot allow this to happen.

I urge my colleagues to support the Miller substitute to this flawed bill.

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