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Boehner, Jindal Pledge Commitment to Enacting Hurricane Education Relief

Location: Washington, DC

Boehner, Jindal Pledge Commitment to Enacting Hurricane Education Relief
November 10, 2005

Emergency School Reimbursement Plan Remains Key Priority for Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) reaffirmed their commitment to providing education relief on behalf of students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and expressed disappointment that the Family Education Reimbursement Act was not included in budget legislation scheduled for House consideration today.

"Our first priority remains establishing a simple, streamlined system to provide relief to the students and schools affected by the Gulf Coast hurricanes that will bypass layers of cumbersome bureaucracy," said Boehner. "Public, private, and charter schools are working diligently to educate each and every child impacted by these storms, and our efforts to assist both students and schools will continue. The obstructionist tactics of special interest groups will not stand in the way of meaningful education relief efforts."

"The House is focused on producing a strong budget on behalf of American taxpayers, and I support that effort," Boehner said. "While I had hoped the House would incorporate school reimbursement into the budget package this week, I remain committed to helping produce a responsible budget on behalf of American taxpayers and compassionate relief on behalf of the victims of the hurricanes. I look forward to working with the House leadership to accomplish that goal."

"I am disappointed that Family Education Reimbursement Accounts will not be voted on this week, but I am pleased that money is available, through the work of the Committee, to provide relief to the families whose lives have been uprooted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We will continue our work on the reimbursement accounts plan to bring that relief, without red tape, to families so their children continue to have the educational opportunities they deserve," said Jindal.

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