Driving the Week Recap: Education Debacle

It’s been an unusually eventful week in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) began the week by introducing 74 amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization in order to have a real conversation and thorough consideration of a massive, mostly unread bill.

In retaliation, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), disallowed votes on any more amendments. Next, Sen. Paul denied unanimous consent to continue the meeting beyond two hours, and the meeting was adjourned.

Sen. Paul was finally granted a hearing for the legislation, which was what he wanted in the first place. Unfortunately, the hearing will come after the bill passed out of committee.

The problem in the Senate is that there is only a small group of Senators willing to stand up and fight for what’s right. This massive bill does need a hearing from the people it would effect, and it does need to be slowed down so that it can be better analyzed. We don’t want a repeat of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank where what was promised in the bill wasn’t really in the bill.

This small group of Senators often gets drowned out from the pressure of the institution. The small group is shadowed by the full weight and power of the rest of the Senators and the Washington Establishment as a whole. We want to thank Sen. Paul for his efforts.

No doubt the left will demonize him as an “obstructionist,” but this is exactly why conservatives across the country need to remain engaged at all times. We need to understand the truth behind Sen. Paul’s actions, otherwise the only information we’ll get is from the left.

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