Boehner Set to Revive Successful DC Voucher Program that Democrats Eliminated
Yes, the Democrats killed it (can we still say that) and I've been calling out the party of good will, kindness, caring, and tolerance Democrats for more than a year about their shameful and deliberate actions. And now, it's game on:
The speaker, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., on Wednesday plans to introduce legislation to revive a controversial program that provides private-school vouchers for kids of low-income parents in Washington, D.C. Boehner has long been a supporter of that program, which started to wind down in 2009, but is devoting some serious political capital to the cause this week.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, as it is known, was launched in 2004 as the first federally funded program providing K-12 education grants. Though supporters say it gives poor students an alternative to the city's underperforming public school system, teachers unions and other opponents say it draws sorely needed money away from the public system.
Lawmakers opposed to the program succeeded in eliminating it after Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- who could not be reached for comment Tuesday -- attached an amendment to a 2009 spending bill. President Obama stepped in and agreed to allow students currently enrolled to graduate. But the program is no longer accepting new applicants.
To recap, the Omnibus appropriations act of 2009 defunded (roll call vote here) the successful program--effectively eliminating any opportunity for poor DC schoolchildren to escape the horrid DC public schools. The Democrats, namely Dick Durbin, claimed that the program funding would take away from the money the DC public schools needed.
GOP House Speaker Boehner and Senator Lieberman put out this video statement:
This move to reinstate this program is a bold one for Boehner--especially when calls for spending decreases are deafening and we are broke. However, when the Obama administration spent more than all previous administrations in his first 19 months in office, it's hard to say that this wasn't a deliberate cut on the part of the Democrats--especially after 3 months in office.
Furthermore, this is going to be a tricky issue for Obama and the Democrats--one that will further define the Democrats as bought-off, public-sector union hacks and self-serving politicians who continually oppress and exploit others for their own political gain. Some of you may think, yeah, those Republicans, but I will remind you--it was the Republicans who originally started the DC scholarship program and the Democrats (and a few of the usual RINOs) who filibustered it. Kinda like the 1964 Civil Rights Act--Democrats filibustered that one, too. Look it up.
Does anyone see a pattern here?