Education

Democrats are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to a high-quality education. If our nation is going to remain the world’s leader, we must not lag our global competitors in education. Democrats are focused on making higher education and skills training more accessible, reducing high school dropout rates, and providing students with the support they need to secure well-paying jobs. 

From day one, the Trump Administration has undermined protections for and disinvested in America’s students.  President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposes to cut teacher training and literacy programs and reduces funding for the schools and communities most in need. Congressional Republicans have also proposed extreme funding bills that dramatically cut education and job training programs, threatening our ability to build a competitive workforce and help more Americans find good-paying work.

Democrats are fighting to protect families from these harmful cuts and have a strong record of making investments that will strengthen education. During the worst of the Great Recession, Democrats helped prevent 300,000 layoffs of teachers and other important school personnel across our nation - layoffs that would have crowded our classrooms and harmed the quality of our kids’ education. We also helped save additional jobs across the country when Congress approved additional aid for K-12 educators in 2010.

While Republicans voted to cut Pell grants, which would affect nearly 10 million students, Democrats have been committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable for students. During the 111th Congress, under a Democratic majority, Democrats increased Pell grants, cut red tape in the loan process and made it easier to repay student loans once students join the workforce. We enacted a major reform bill that ended wasteful taxpayer subsidies to big banks and directed the savings to helping students instead. Democrats also made record investments in community colleges and minority-serving higher education institutions.

Education Related

Today, House Democrats launched a bold new initiative to strengthen higher education access and affordability for the twenty-first century.

5/15/17

Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced HR 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can excel in any environment.

5/2/17

Don’t just take our word for it – a look at the headlines shows that we aren’t the only ones who thought the President’s speech was long on empty rhetoric and short on substance:

Roll Call: In Joint Address, Trump Offers Congress Few Policy Details

3/1/17

Tonight, President Trump stood before the United States Congress and gave a speech long on rhetoric but short on any real policy agenda.  

2/28/17

I am deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration's decision to rescind important protections for transgender students. 

2/22/17

When Congress first passed the legislation that would become known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and in subsequent reauthorizations, the intent of lawmakers was clear: that students with disabilities deserve a meaningful and material education benefit, not just a bare minimum of effort from school districts.  

11/21/16

Hi – I’m Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives. I’m proud to join you in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

9/14/16

As we mark Hunger Action Month, the Task Force was pleased to welcome Alice Waters to join us for a discussion on child nutrition and access to healthy food.

9/13/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court upheld the admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin.

6/23/16

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the one-hundredth anniversary of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). 

5/10/16

As our friends in the press get ready to cover Speaker Ryan’s town hall with millennials at Georgetown University this afternoon, your ever-helpful Whip press shop has put together a few questions you could ask the Speaker:

4/27/16

Today, President Obama unveiled his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which reduces the deficit and puts debt on a sustainable path while laying out a vision for how we can give every American a fair shot at economic security; accelerate American innovation; and keep Americans safe.

2/9/16