Today Congressman Leonard Boswell demanded to know if Tom Latham supported or opposed the radical platform plank of the Republican Party which calls for the elimination of the Department of Education. According to the Department of Education, the State of Iowa is set to receive $4,430,488,134.00 in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2013, including over $3 billion in Direct Student Loans that help lower and middle income students attend college.(1) If the Republican plan were to succeed, all of that funding would be eliminated.
Eliminating the Department of Education is such a radical idea that even a Super PAC affiliated with arch-conservative Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor called it "too extreme."(2)
"I can't understand for the life of me why the Republican Party of Iowa would want to do away with the student loans that enable people of average means to go to college," said Boswell. "This is even harder to understand when you consider that someone as conservative as Eric Cantor thinks the idea is too extreme."
Eliminating the Department of Education was just one of the many outlandish proposals approved the Republican Party of Iowa during their convention last weekend. Tom Latham has yet to say whether or not he endorses the platform and if not, which provisions he agrees or disagrees with.
"Tom Latham needs to let the people of the 3rd District know where he stands on his party's call to eliminate Direct Student Loans and Pell Grants," said Boswell's campaign manager Kevin McTigue. "Once again, Latham has to say whether he supports doing right by Iowa or caving into the extremist elements of his party."
Leonard Boswell is a lifelong Iowan and farmer. Boswell was drafted as a Private and served in the United States Military for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Boswell has served Iowa in both the State Senate and United States House of Representatives. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.